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.

Enlightenment and Modernity: Hume and Kant

Enlightenment and Modernity: Hume and Kant

David Hume

There is something comforting about John Locke’s philosophy, something reassuring. He is down-to-earth, has no time for speculative flights and appears to say that for most purposes the world is very much as it appears to us through our senses and although there are things which must elude our understanding this should not trouble us too much. He strongly endorses the idea of a deity who set the world in motion and who maintains, indeed guarantees, the order and harmonious operation of the universe in which humanity finds itself. When reading Locke a particular kind of reader (one like the present writer) is assailed by a set of impressions which resolve themselves ...

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