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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. 

Education and the Catholic Tradition
Education and the Catholic tradition

The religious response to life is a disposition composed of beliefs, convictions, attitudes and feelings concerning the human person and her or his destiny. Religion provides a way of apprehending the world that informs the whole life of believers and provides the spring of moral commitments to act in ways that are consistent with realizing this ultimate destiny. The destiny or end to which the Christian faith looks forward, as St Peter writes in The First Letter, is ‘the salvation of … souls’ (Peter 1: 3–9). Thus, woven into the stuff of how we conceive of human life and its purposes, an established religion such as Roman Catholicism has obvious implications for how the aims of ...

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