Philosophy is vital to the study of education, and a sound knowledge of different philosophical perspectives leads to a deeper engagement with the choices and commitments you make within your educational practice. This introductory text provides a core understanding of often difficult philosophical concepts. By introducing key thinkers in the context of wider themes and frameworks, it creates meaningful connections between theories and links them to different aspects of, and perspectives on, education. Accessibly written, Education and Philosophy carefully analyses the common assumptions and conflicted history of education, provoking questioning about its nature and purposes. Thinking critically about education in this way will give students on undergraduate Education Studies degrees, initial teacher education and Masters-level courses a fuller command of their own role and practice.

Education and God

Education and God


In this chapter, we offer an account of medieval philosophy and education. The question of the time period covered by the term medieval has been much argued over, although there has been general agreement that the period of Roman hegemony ended at some time in the fifth century AD. The ensuing period, once rather forbiddingly termed the Dark Ages, is now referred to as the early medieval period. It is conventionally seen as extending to the end of the tenth century. This was a period of social and political flux, marked by economic decline, by vast barbarian migrations and by struggles to establish sovereignty in the vacuum left by the collapse of Roman rule. It was, however, a period ...

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