The possibilities and importance of a spiritual dimension to education are subjects receiving increased consideration from educational practitioners, policymakers and philosophers. Spirituality, Philosophy and Education brings together contributions to the debate by a team of renowned philosophers of education. They bring to this subject a depth of scholarly and philosophical sophistication that was previously missing, and between them offer a wide-ranging exploration and analysis of what spiritual values have to offer contemporary education.
The contributors address such subjects as what we mean by 'spiritual values'; scholarship and spirituality; spirituality and virtue; spirituality, science and morality; the shaping of character; the value of spiritual learning; spiritual development and the curriculum and many others. All students of the philosophy of education and anyone interested in how spiritual values might play a part in informing education policy and practice will find this stimulating collection a rich source of ideas and a major addition to the thinking on the meaning, role and possibilities of spirituality in education.
David Carr is Professor of Philosophy of Education in the Faculty of Education of the University of Edinburgh
John Haldane is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews.
'This book offers a welcomed contribution to seriously exploring spirituality...It offers some grounding in many perspectives, and provides a rich collection of references for further research.' - International Journal of Children's Spirituality