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Philosophy, Dialogue, and Education
Nine Modern European Philosophers

ISBN 9780367363338
Published September 5, 2019 by Routledge
198 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Philosophy, Dialogue, and Education is an advanced introduction to nine key European social philosophers: Martin Buber, Mikhail Bakhtin, Lev Vygotsky, Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone Weil, Michael Oakeshott, and Jürgen Habermas. This detailed yet highly readable work positions the socio-political views of each philosopher within a European tradition of dialogical philosophy; and reflects on the continuing theoretical relevance of the work of each to education generally and to critical pedagogy.

The discussion in each chapter is informed by materials drawn from various scholarly sources in English and is enriched by materials from other languages, particularly French, German, and Russian. This enhances the comparative European cultural perspective of the book; and connects the work of each philosopher to wider intellectual, political, and social debates.    

The book will appeal to academics, postgraduates, and researchers working in philosophy, philosophy of education, and in educational, cultural, and social studies more generally. Advanced undergraduate students would also benefit from the book’s discussion of primary sources and the authors’ suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents


  1. Martin Buber (1878-1965) – Dialogue as the Inclusion of the Other
  2. Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) – The Dialogic Imagination
  3. Lev S. Vygotsky (1896-1934) – Dialogue as Mediation and Inner Speech
  4. Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) – Dialogue as a Public Space
  5. Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) – Dialogue as an Ethical Demand of the Other
  6. Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961) – Dialogue as Being Present to the Other
  7. Simone Weil (1909-1943) – Dialogue as an Instrument of Power
  8. Michael Oakeshott (1901-1990) – Dialogue as Conversation
  9. Jűrgen Habermas (1929- ) – Dialogue as Communicative Rationality



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Alexandre Guilherme is Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities, Department of Education; he is also the Coordinator of the Research Group on Education and Violence at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul, PUCRS, Brazil.

W. John Morgan is Professor Emeritus and formerly UNESCO Chair of the Political Economy of Education, School of Education, University of Nottingham; Honorary Professor, School of Social Sciences, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data, and Methods, Cardiff University; for which he is preparing a study of ‘UNESCO and the Cultural Cold War.’