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Moral and Political Discourses in Philosophy of Education

ISBN 9780367147259
Published September 28, 2021 by Routledge India
196 Pages

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Book Description

This book focuses on moral and political education and critically engages with educational issues from a philosophical perspective. It engages with questions of moral education as well as questions about citizenship education, to address apprehensions on learning in a liberal democracy while parallelly invoking issues from within the curriculum, the school environment and teacher-student relationship.

With contributions from renowned philosophers and educationists, this volume discusses themes like civic education and liberal democracy; toleration and freedom; Tagore’s conception of the moral and political self; key issues in moral education; cosmopolitanism, compassion, care ethics and moral purpose of schooling; to revisit and rethink some foundational questions related to education, curriculum and pedagogy.

This volume will be essential reading for educationists and educators and will be important for scholars and researchers of philosophy of education, education, teacher education and school education.

Table of Contents



Indrani Bhattacharjee and Prakash Iyer


PART I: Democratic Theory, and Education in a Democracy

1. Civic Education in a Democratic Society

Geoffrey Hinchliffe

2. Education, Social Realism and Liberal Cultural Values

Alka Sehgal Cuthbert

3. Education, Essentialism, and the Epistemic Vices of Intolerance

Johannes Drerup


PART II: Purposes of Moral and Political Education

4. Did the Marathas Rule India? Reflections on Postmodernism, Reality and School History Textbooks

Amman Madan

5. Caring Pedagogies: Beyond Critique

Kanchana Mahadevan

6. Beyond Nationalism: Rabindranath Tagore’s University and the Politics of the Self

Sukalyan Chanda

7. Moral Education, Development of the Self and Role of Nature: An Enquiry into Tagore’s Philosophy of Education

Roma Bhattacharya

8. The Moral Purpose of Schooling in England during a Changing Context: Promoting Human Capability and Development

Oliver Wimborne


PART III: Teaching-Learning and the Environment in a School

9. Structural Violence in a School Setting: A Philosophical Discussion on Conflict Resolution

Alex Guilherme

10. Teaching Tolerance and Political Judgement: Bearing on Higher Education

Prakash Iyer

11. Questions and Performatives: Communities of Enquiry as Conventional Contexts

Enrico Postiglione

12. A Dialogic Approach to Education for Democratic Values Illustrated with an Empirical Study of the Effect of Internet-Mediated Dialogue across Cultural Differences

Rupert Wegerif

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Prakash Iyer is Assistant Professor, Philosophy of Education at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. His research interests are in moral and political philosophy, particularly the implications of conflicts between political theories on political education.

Indrani Bhattacharjee is Assistant Professor, Philosophy of Education at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. She is working on a book on the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore, circa 1908-1916.