There has always been a strong relationship between education and philosophy - especially political philosophy. Renewed concern about the importance and efficacy of political education has revived key questions about the connections between the power to govern, and the power to educate. Although these themes are not always prominent in commentaries, political writings have often been very deeply concerned with both educational theory and practice. This invaluable book will introduce the reader to key concepts and disputes surrounding educational themes in the history of political thought.
The book draws together a fascinating range of educational pioneers and thinkers from the canon of philosophers and philosophical schools, from Plato and Aristotle, down to Edward Carpenter and John Dewey, with attention along the way paid to both individual authors like Thomas Hobbes and Mary Wollstonecraft, as well as to intellectual movements, such as the Scottish Enlightenment and the Utopian Socialists. Each thinker or group is positioned in their historical context, and each chapter addresses the structure of the theory and argument, considering both contemporaneous and current controversies. A number of themes run throughout the volume:
- an analysis of pedagogy, socialisation, schooling and university education, with particular relation to public and private life, and personal and political power
- references to the historical and intellectual context
- an overview of the current reception, understanding and interpretation of the thinker in question
- the educational legacy of the theories or theorists.
This book will be of interest to students, researchers and scholars of education, as well as students and teachers of political theory, the history of political thought, and social and political philosophy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Education and Political Power Christopher Brooke and Elizabeth Frazer 1: Socrates, Plato, Eros and Liberal Education Mark L. McPherran 2: Aristotle’s Educational Politics and the Aristotelian Renaissance in the Philosophy of Education Randall Curren 3: Philosophy and Education in Stoicism of the Roman Imperial Era Gretchen J. Reydams-Schils 4: Medieval Theories of Education: Hugh of St. Victor and John of Salisbury Brian D. Fitzgerald 5: Education, Erasmian Humanism and More's Utopia John M. Parrish 6: Teaching the Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes on Education Teresa M. Bejan 7: Locke on Education and the Rights of Parents Alex Tuckness 8: Rousseau's Philosophy of Transformative De-naturing Education Patrick Riley 9: Educational Theory and the Social Vision of the Scottish Enlightenment Ryan Patrick Hanley 10: Mary Wollstonecraft and Catharine Macaulay on Education Elizabeth Frazer 11: Bildung and the Reform of German Higher Education Alexander Schmidt 12: Education and Utopia: Robert Owen and Charles Fourier David Leopold 13: Harriet Martineau and the Unitarian Tradition in Education Ruth Watts 14: J. S. Mill on Education Alan Ryan 15: Feminist Thinking on Education in Victorian England Laura Schwartz 16: Idealism and Education Andrew Vincent 17: 'Affection in Education': Edward Carpenter, John Addington Symonds and the Politics of Greek Love Josephine Crawley Quinn and Christopher Brooke 18: John Dewey: Saviour of American Education or Worse than Hitler? Richard Pring
Christopher Brooke is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol, UK.
Elizabeth Frazer is Official Fellow and Tutor in Politics at New College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Politics at the University of Oxford, UK.