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. 

Plato and Education

Plato and education

The chosen candidate to be minister of education, and those who choose him, should appreciate that this is by far the most important of all the supreme offices in the state. (Plato, Laws 765)

Education – interpreted in the broadest possible sense – has a claim to be considered perhaps the greatest preoccupation of the Republic and the Laws alike. (Malcolm Schofield, 2006)

Introduction: Plato, Politics and Education, in his World and Ours

Plato invented the philosophy of education as we know it today. He identified the fundamental questions that constitute this area of inquiry and in doing so offered a wholly persuasive account of its great interest and importance. These questions included issues connected with learning, understanding and knowledge, with such features ...

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