This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern. 

What is Philosophy of Education?

What is philosophy of education?

As any parent of a 3-or 4-year-old child knows, ‘What is …?’ questions are extremely troublesome, in large measure because it is rarely clear what answer would satisfy the questioner. Indeed, the common experience is that the youngster is satisfied by nothing, since any answer that is given is likely to be followed by a series of further questions. The situation is even worse if the questioner (this time an adult) is interrogating a philosopher, as it is virtually certain that the first answer that is received – and very possibly the later ones as well – will be unsatisfactory. For the philosopher's instinct, when asked ‘What is X?’, is not to discourse about the nature ...

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