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.
Chapter 19: Knowledge and Truth54
Knowledge and Truth54
Introduction: The Relevance of Epistemology to (Philosophy of) Education
Certain general views concerning matters epistemological have often been articulated and defended by philosophers of education, and presupposed by both philosophers and educators. Central among them is the idea that it is possible, and desirable, for people to know things, and to engage in and take seriously the fruits of rational inquiry, where such inquiry is understood to involve the pursuit of truth concerning the natural world, the human condition, or any other domain about which inquiry is possible. This presumes the legitimacy of talk of truth and falsehood, and of rational ...