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Philosophy of Education: Major Themes in the Analytic Tradition

1st Edition

Edited by Paul Hirst, Patricia White


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In the last forty years philosophy of education has become established as a distinct area of philosophical study concerned within educational thought and practice. Twentieth century analytic philosophy prompted the emergence of a philosophy of education as a separate subject.

The work collected here represents the major ideas and arguments which have come to characterise philosophy of education. This comprehensive set includes work from the perspectives of Marxism, phenomenology, feminist theory, critical theory and others. The individual volumes cover:

* philosophy and education

* education and human being

* society and education

* problems of educational content and practice.

The featured articles map the most important writings within the analytic and intersecting traditions, and the set presents an influential and essential body of work for researchers in the philosophy of education, the field of educational studies and educationally-oriented policy studies.


'…indispensible for libraries…they present a judicious, well-balanced selection of major work in the field which cannot but remain a standard work across the first decades of our new century.' - Bulletin of the UK-Japan Education Forum

Table of Contents


PART 1: Philosophy and philosophy of education

1. Paul R. Hurst and R. S. Peters, Education and philosophy

2. Abraham Edel, Analytic philosophy of education at the crossroads

3. Peter Gilroy, The revolutions in English philosophy and philosophy of education

4. R. K. Elliott, Richard Peters: a philosopher in the older style

5. John Haldane, Metaphysics in the philosophy of education

6. Colin V. Evers, Analytic and post-analytic philosophy of education: methodological reflections

PART 2: Educational theory and practice

7. Paul H. Hirst, Educational theory

8. Jim Valker, Philosophy and the study of education: a critique of the common sense consensus

9(i). Vilfred Carr, What is an educational practice?

9(ii). Ruth Jonathan, What is an educational practice? A reply to Wilfred Carr

9(iii). David E. Cooper, Practice, philosophy and history: Carr vs Jonathan

10. Jonas F. Soltis, Perspectives on philosophy of education

PART 3: Conceptions of education

11(i). R.S. Peters, The justification of education

11(ii). R.K. Elliott, Education and justification

12(i). Paul H Hirst, Liberal education and the nature of knowledge

12(ii). Jane Roland Martin, Needed: a new paradigm for liberal education

13. Michael Oakeshott, Education: the engagement and its frustration

14(i). Jane Roland Martin, The ideal of the educated person

14(ii). Harvey Siegel, Genderized cognitive perspectives and the redefinition

of philosophy of education

15. John and Patricia Vhite, Education, liberalism and human good

16. Michael Bonnett, Education in a destitute time

17. Paul H. Hirst, Education, knowledge and practices


Part 1: Education and autonomy

1. R.S. Peters, Freedom and the development of the free man

2. David E. Cooper, Authenticity, life and liberal education

3. Eamonn Callan, Autonomy and alienation

Part 2: Education and the development of mind

4(i). R.K. Elliott, Education and human being

4(ii). Paul H. Hirst, Education and human being: a response to R.K. Elliott

5. R. K. Elliott, Objectivity and education

6(i). D.V. Hamlyn, The concept of development

6(ii). R. K. Elliott, The concept of development: a reply to D.W. Hamlyn

Part 3: Intelligence, emotions, imagination and education

7. John Vhite, Intelligence and the logic of the nature-nurture issue

8(i). R. S. Peters, The education of the emotions

8 (ii). John Vhite, The education of the emotions

8(iii). Mary Varnock, The education of the emotions

9. R.K. Elliott, Versions of creativity

10. John Passmore, Cultivating imagination

Part 4: Needs, interests, happiness and education

11. R. F. Dearden, 'Needs' in education

12. P. S. Vilson, Interests

13. R.F. Dearden, Happiness and education


Part 1: Democracy, pluralism and education

1. James C. Valker, Education for democracy: the representation/participation dualism

2. Amy Gutmann, Undemocratic education

3. Villiam Galston, Civic education in the liberal state

4. Eamonn Callan, Pluralism and civic education

5. Kenneth A. Strike, On the construction of public speech: pluralism and public reason

6. John Harris, A paradox of multicultural societies

7. Richard Pratte, Cultural diversity and education

8. Malcolm Jones, Education and racism

9. Valter Feinberg, Education, work, and democratic identity

Part 2: Justice, equality and education

10. David E Cooper, Quality and equality in education

11. Kenneth R. Hove, In defense of outcomes-based conceptions of equal educational opportunity

12. Kenneth A. Strike, Fairness and ability grouping

Part 3: Education, schooling and rights

13. Graham Haydon, The right to education and compulsory schooling

14. Joel Feinberg, The child's right to an open future

15. Joseph Diorio, Rights, equality and the ethics of school policy

Part 4: Society and schooling: radical challenges

16. Kevin Harris, Peters on schooling

17. Maryann Ayim and Barbara Houston, A conceptual analysis of sexism and sexist education

18. Colin Vringe, Children into workers

19. Penny Enslin, Education for nation-building: a feminist critique

20. Henry A. Giroux, Marxism and schooling: the limits of radical discourse

21. Landon E. Bayer and Daniel P. Liston, Discourse or moral action? A critique of postmodernism

22. Vilfred Carr, Confronting the postmodernist challenge

23. Terence H. Mclaughlin, Politics, markets and schools: the central issues


Part 1: Controversial areas of educational content

(1) Moral education

1. Anthony O’ Hear, Moral education

2. R. S. Peters, Reason and habit: the paradox of moral education

3. Nel Hoddings, Caring

4. Eamonn Callan, Finding a common voice

5. Betty A. Sichel, Character, community and education

6. Patricia Vhite, Friendship and education

(2) Religious education

7(i). Peter Gardner, Religious upbringing and the liberal ideal of religious autonomy

7(ii). Terence H. Mclaughlin, Peter Gardner on religious upbringing and the liberal ideal of religious autonomy

(3) The arts and education

8. Bennett Reimer, What knowledge is of most worth in the arts?

9. R. V. Hepburn, The arts and the education of feeling and emotion

10. John Vhite, The arts, well-being and education

(4) Critical thinking

11(i). Harvey Siegel, McPeck, informal logic and the nature of critical thinking

11(ii). John E. Mcpeck, Response to Harvey Siegel

(5) Gender and education

12. Lyn Yates, Is women's studies a legitimate school subject? An outline of an agenda for discussion

13. Ann Diller and Barbara Houston, Women's physical education: a gender-sensitive perspective

Part 2: Educational practices

14. Israel Schfler, The concept of teaching

15. R.F. Dearden, Instruction and learning by discovery

16. David Bridges, Teaching by discussion

17(i). Ivan Snook, Indoctrination and intentions

17(ii). Henry Rosemount Jr., On the concept of indoctrination

18(i). R. F. Dearden, Competition in education

18(ii). Michael Fielding, Against competition: in praise of a malleable analysis and the subversiveness of philosophy

19. Richard Smith, Punishment, discipline and the moral order

20. Randall R. Curren, Coercion and the ethics of grading and testing

21. Paul Hager, Is there a cogent philosophical argument against competency standards?

Part 3: Controversial issues of curriculum development

22. Robin Barroy, Curriculum design

23. Robin Barroy, Educational psychology and timing in the curriculum

24. Jane Roland Martin, What should we do with a hidden curriculum when we find one?

25. Cleo H. Cherryholmes, Poststructuralism, pragmatism and curriculum

About the Series

Major Themes in Education

The collections in this series bring together the most significant and influential writings on the key themes within education systems worldwide. Edited by acknowledged leaders in the field, the volumes include essential readings from a wide range of sources. Complete with new introductions and thorough indices, each collection gives an historical overview of the development of the theme concerned and also provides students, teachers and researchers with an insight into current debates within the field.

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