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Richard Stanley Peters (1919–2011) was one of the founding fathers of analytic philosophy of education in the 20th century. By introducing the analytic paradigm, he revolutionized the philosophy of education in postwar Great Britain and the British Commonwealth. Peters made a formidable impact not only on philosophy but also on educational studies. Moreover, his intellectual revolution had institutional as well as political effects in the socio-economic context of the 1960s. This entry outlines Peters’s analytic paradigm for approaching problems and policy in education and perennial questions in the philosophy of education; it first introduces this paradigm and then lays out its major components.

The Analytic Paradigm

The new approach to the philosophy of education that Peters did much to develop in the 1960s and 1970s is the ...

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