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A Companion to the Philosophy of Education is a comprehensive guide to philosophical thinking about education.

  • Offers a state-of-the-art account of current and controversial issues in education, including issues pertaining to multiculturalism, special education, sex education, and academic freedom.
  • Written by an international team of leading experts, who are directly engaged with these profound and complex educational problems.
  • Serves as an indispensable guide to the field of philosophy of education.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The philosophy of education encompasses problems from many areas of philosophy –epistemology, philosophy of mind, professional ethics, and the theory of distributive justice, to name just a few – and the essays in this useful volume accurately reflect the field's breadth. Randall Curren has done an excellent job of enlisting accomplished and influential authors as contributors. His Companion will set the standard, both as a teaching tool and as a first source of information, for years to come." George Sher, Rice University

"Randall Curren has put together an extraordinarily comprehensive collection of essays on the philosophy of education. It should be of value to anyone interested in contemporary issues or historical figures in the field." Catherine Elgin, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405140515
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/5/2005
  • Series: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series, #13
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 658
  • Sales rank: 1,147,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Randall Curren is Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Professor of Education at the University of Rochester. He is the author of Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education (2000) and other works in the philosophy of education, ethics, ancient Greek philosophy, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. He is also the editor of Philosophy of Education: An Anthology (2006), and co-editor of the journal Theory and Research in Education.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction. (Randall Curren).

Part I: Historical And Contemporary Movements.

1. The Socratic Movement. (C. D. C. Reeve).

2. Stoicism. (Christopher Gill).

3. The Judaic tradition. (Hanan A. Alexander and Shmuel Glick).

4. The Educational Thought of Augustine. (Gareth B. Matthews).

5. Humanism. (Craig Kallendorf).

6. Enlightenment Liberalism. (Amy M. Schmitter , Nathan Tarcov,and Wendy Donner).

7. Rousseau, Dewey and Democracy. (Patrick Riley and Jennifer Welchman).

8. Kant, Hegel and the Rise of Pedagogical Science. (G. Felicitas Munzel).

9. Romanticism. (Frederick C. Beiser).

10. The Past as Future? Hellenism, the Gymnasium and Altertumswissenschaft. (Wolfgang Mann).

11. Critical Theory. (Douglas Kellner).

12. The Analytical Movement. (Randall Curren, Emily Robertson and Paul Hager).

13. Feminism. (Jane Roland Martin).

14. Postmodernism. (David E. Cooper).

Part II: Teaching And Learning.

15. The Nature and Purposes of Education. (Paul Standish).

16. Theories of teaching and learning. (D. C. Phillips).

17. The Capacity to Learn. (Carol Wren and Thomas Wren).

18. Motivation and Classroom Management. (Richard Ryan and Martin Lynch).

19. The Measurement of Learning. (Andrew Davis).

20. Knowledge, Truth and Learning. (Jonathan E. Adler).

21. Cultivating Reason. (Harvey Siegel).

22. Moral Education. (Graham Haydon).

23. Religious Education. (Gabriel Moran).

24. Teaching Science. (Michael R. Matthews).

25. Teaching Elementary Arithmetic Through Applications. (Mark Steiner).

26. Aesthetics and the Educative Powers of Art. (Noël Carroll).

27. Teaching Literature. (Richard Smithm).

Part III: The Politics And Ethics Of Schooling.

28. The Authority and Responsibility to Educate. (Amy Gutmann).

29. Church, State and Education.(William Galston).

30. Common Schooling and Educational Choice. (Rob Reich).

31. Children's Rights. (James Dwyer).

32. Education and Standards of Living. (Christian Barry).

33. Educational Equality and Justice. (Harry Brighouse).

34. Multicultural Education. (Robert K. Fullinwider).

35. Education and the Politics of Identity. (Yael Tamir).

36. The Ethics of Teaching. (Kenneth A. Strike).

37. Inclusion and Justice in Special Education. (Robert F. Ladenson).

38. Sex Education. (David Archard).

Part IV: Higher Education.

39. Ethics and the Aims of American Higher Education. (Minda Rae Amiran).

40. Universities in a Fluid Age. (Ronald Barnett).

41. Academic Freedom. (Robert L. Simon).

42. The Ethics of Research. (Michael Davis).

43. Affirmative action in Higher Education. (Bernard Boxill).

44. The Professor-Student Relationship and the Regulation of Student Life. (Peter J. Markie).

45. The Role of Ethics in Professional Education. (Norman E. Bowie).


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