1st Edition

The Legacy of Isocrates and a Platonic Alternative
Political Philosophy and the Value of Education

ISBN 9780367588342
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

Bringing together the history of educational philosophy, political philosophy, and rhetoric, this book examines the influence of the philosopher Isocrates on educational thought and the history of education. Unifying philosophical and historical arguments, Muir discusses the role of Isocrates in raising two central questions: What is the value of education? By what methods ought the value of education to be determined? Tracing the historical influence of Isocrates’ ideas of the nature and value of education from Antiquity to the modern era, Muir questions normative assumptions about the foundations of education and considers the future status of education as an academic discipline.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Isocrates’ Idea of the Nature and Value of Education

Chapter 1: Isocrates and the history of education: educationists vs. everyone else

Chapter 2: The Isocratic Idea of the Nature and Value of Education

Part 2: The Historical Transmission and Evolution of the Isocratic Idea of Education

Ch. 3: The Isocratic Idea: Rome to the Early Middle Ages

Ch. 4: The Isocratic Idea in the Middle Ages

Ch. 5: The Isocratic Idea in Renaissance Humanism

Ch. 6: Education and Modern Political Philosophy

Part 3: Critique of the Isocratic Idea and Outline of the Parmenidean-Platonic Alternative

Ch. 7: The Inadequacy of the Isocratic Idea and DCD Method

Ch. 8: the Parmenidean-Platonic Alternative I: Normative Method and Education

Ch. 9: the Parmenidean-Platonic Alternative II: an Outline of Educational Practice



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James Muir is Professor of Philosophy at University of Winnipeg, Canada.