Philosophy is vital to the study of education, and a sound knowledge of different philosophical perspectives leads to a deeper engagement with the choices and commitments you make within your educational practice. This introductory text provides a core understanding of often difficult philosophical concepts. By introducing key thinkers in the context of wider themes and frameworks, it creates meaningful connections between theories and links them to different aspects of, and perspectives on, education. Accessibly written, the book carefully analyses the common assumptions and conflicted history of education, provoking questioning about its nature and purposes. Thinking critically about education in this way will give students on undergraduate Education Studies degrees, initial teacher education and Masters-level courses a fuller command of their own role and practice.
Education and God
Education and Humanism
Enlightenment and Modernity: Descartes and Locke
Enlightenment and Modernity: Hume and Kant
Modernity and its Problems
Modernity and the Figure of 'Man'
Critique, Emancipation and Education
Education and Government
Confined to the Present
Comprising an outstanding reach and depth of scholarship, original and provocative insights, and a writing style that deals with its necessary complexities clearly without ever becoming unnecessarily complicated, there is little else like this book.
Ansgar Allen - University of Sheffield, UK
Roy Goddard - University of Sheffield