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.

Modernity and its Problems

Modernity and its Problems

The age of critique

Kant’s pronouncement that ‘our age is the age of criticism’1 spoke of something at work in Descartes, Hume, Kant and many other thinkers, even the more conservative Locke, writers who felt ideas as they were expressed by earlier thinkers were not to be taken at face value, that statements needed to be validated by way of a process that tested them by putting them into doubt – they could not be taken to simply express bare truth. This was the procedure of critique and in a later chapter we examine the cultural impact on thought and, in particular, on education, of the elevation of what was formerly a method or technique (for restoring corrupted ...

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