Education, Autonomy and Critical Thinking

Education, Autonomy and Critical Thinking

by Christopher Winch, Winch Christoph
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415322375

ISBN-13: 9780415322379

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The concepts of autonomy and of critical thinking are of key importance in many contemporary accounts of the aims of education. Education, Autonomy and Critical Thinking analyzes their relationship to each other and to education, explores their roles in mortality and politics, and examines the part critical thinking has to play in fulfilling the educational

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The concepts of autonomy and of critical thinking are of key importance in many contemporary accounts of the aims of education. Education, Autonomy and Critical Thinking analyzes their relationship to each other and to education, explores their roles in mortality and politics, and examines the part critical thinking has to play in fulfilling the educational aim of preparing young people for autonomy.

Assessing the significance of the concern with critical rationality as a key intellectual component for a worthwhile life involving autonomy, this book also examines important views about what critical thinking is and how it can be cultivated.

Drawing from discussions on epistemology and the philosophy of language which concern the nature of rationality, Christopher Winch produces a powerful critique of concepts central to contemporary philosophy of education - autonomy and critical thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415322379
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Routledge International Studies in the Philosophy of Education Series, #15
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : autonomy and education1
2Authority and rational autonomy17
3Critical rationality32
4The development of critical rationality in a practical context32
5Critical thinking and context independence58
6Autonomy and the self71
7Autonomy and conceptions of the good83
8Autonomy and the polity96
9Autonomy and schooling109
10Autonomy, the difference principle and educational resources122
11Autonomy and civic education132
12Education and the balanced life146
13Policy implications158

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