Dewey, Russell, Whitehead: Philosophers as Educators

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Hendley argues that philosophers of edu­cation should reject their preoccupation of the past 25 years with defining terms and analyzing concepts and once again embrace the philosophical task of con­structing general theories of education.

 

Exemplars of that tradition are John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, and Alfred North Whitehead, who formulated theo­ries of education that were tested. Dewey and Russell ran their own schools, and Whitehead served as a university ...

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Overview

Hendley argues that philosophers of edu­cation should reject their preoccupation of the past 25 years with defining terms and analyzing concepts and once again embrace the philosophical task of con­structing general theories of education.

 

Exemplars of that tradition are John Dewey, Bertrand Russell, and Alfred North Whitehead, who formulated theo­ries of education that were tested. Dewey and Russell ran their own schools, and Whitehead served as a university admin­istrator and as a member of many com­mittees created to study education.

 

After providing a general introduction to the present state of educational phi­losophy, Hendley discusses in detail the educational philosophies of Dewey, Rus­sell, and Whitehead. He sees in these men excellent role models that contem­porary philosophers might well follow. Hendley believes that like these men­tors, philosophers should take a more ac­tive, practical role in education.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809312290
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1986
  • Series: Philosophical Explorations Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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Brian Hendley is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo.

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