Education, Autonomy and Critical Thinking

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Education, Autonomy and Critical Thinking assesses the significance of our concern with critical rationality as a key intellectual component of a worthwhile life involving autonomy, and our views as to what critical thinking is and how it can be cultivated. The book builds on modern liberal political theory and work in the philosophy of education concerning the aims of liberal education. Christopher Winch draws on discussions on epistemology and the philosophy of language on the nature of rationality to produce a critique of the concepts of autonomy and critical thinking which are central to contemporary philosophy of education.
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Christopher Winch is Senior Lecturer in Educational Policy and Management at King’s College, London and was previously a primary school teacher.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : autonomy and education 1
2 Authority and rational autonomy 17
3 Critical rationality 32
4 The development of critical rationality in a practical context 32
5 Critical thinking and context independence 58
6 Autonomy and the self 71
7 Autonomy and conceptions of the good 83
8 Autonomy and the polity 96
9 Autonomy and schooling 109
10 Autonomy, the difference principle and educational resources 122
11 Autonomy and civic education 132
12 Education and the balanced life 146
13 Policy implications 158
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