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. 

The Philosophy of Education and Educational Theory

The philosophy of education and educational theory

The Changing Face of Educational Theory

The main obstacle to understanding the relationship of educational philosophy to educational theory is that both of these terms have undergone shifts of meaning over the years. Still, it seems safe to say that some of the earliest systematic Western theorizing about education was broadly philosophical. Indeed, one pioneering attempt to make coherent sense of education and teaching is credited by Plato to the founding father of Western philosophy, Socrates. More precisely, the key ethical question that Socrates appears to have addressed in such Platonic dialogues as Gorgias, Meno and Republic (Hamilton and Cairns, 1961) – that of how to determine the good or virtuous life and/or ...

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