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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 Humanism
Education and Humanism
The Renaissance

In this chapter we investigate how the Renaissance established the foundations of modern humanism, and hence set in place the basic framework out of which modern education was constructed. In so doing, we nevertheless consider the Renaissance in its own terms, as a period in which the pre-modern humanism that was established took a distinctly tentative form. This earlier humanism will be contrasted to its modern successor, which was to become far more assertive, and confident, in its attempts to place ‘man’ at the centre of philosophical enquiry, and, more specifically, educational philosophy.

The Renaissance is popularly viewed as a moment of rupture, a new secular humanism suddenly producing startling achievements in philosophy, the arts and sciences, sweeping away ...

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