The Philosophy of Education

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $30.07
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 26%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (1) from $30.07   
  • New (1) from $30.07   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

U.S.A. 2011 Trade Paperback New 159451531X ( 100 N )-New condition.

Ships from: Denver, CO

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Never before published, this book features George Herbert Mead’s illuminating lectures on the Philosophy of Education at the University of Chicago during the early 20th century. These lectures provide unique insight into Mead’s educational thought and reveal how his early psychological writings on the social character of meaning and the social origin of reflective consciousness was central in the development of what Mead referred to as his social conception of education. The introduction to the book provides an overview of Mead’s educational thought and places it against the wider social, intellectual, and historical background of modern educational concepts.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594515316
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Most renowned for his work in philosophy and social psychology, George Herbert Mead (1863–1931) was one of the founders of American pragmatism. His collaboration with John Dewey at the University of Chicago and his wider involvement in social reform in Chicago stimulated his interest in educational theory and practice.

Gert Biesta ( is Professor of Educational Theory and Policy at the University of Luxembourg, former president of the Philosophy of Education Society USA, and editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in Philosophy and Education. He has published widely on the theory and philosophy of education. With Paradigm Publishers he published Beyond Learning: Democratic Education for a Human Future (2006) – winner of the 2008 American Educational Studies Association Critics' Choice Book Award – and Good Education in an Age of Measurement: Ethics, Politics, Democracy (2010). He also co-edited George Herbert Mead's The Philosophy of Education (2008).

Daniel Troehler is Professor at the Zurich University of Teacher Education and Director of the Pestalozzianum Research Institute for the History of Education.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: George Herbert Mead and the Development of a Social Conception of Education Gert Biesta Biesta, Gert Daniel Trohler Trohler, Daniel 1

Editing Principles 17

George Herbert Mead's Lectures on Philosophy of Education

Lecture 1 Education and the Intellectual Process of Community Life 21

Lecture 2 So-Called Education in Lower Animals Compared with Conscious Education in the Child 24

Lecture 3 Language, Communication, and Human Consciousness 29

Lecture 4 Play, Initiation, and Cult: The Origin and Development of Value Judgments 33

Lecture 5 Cult, Magic, and Myth: A Psychological Analysis of Perception 38

Lecture 6 The Social Nature of Cult 43

Lecture 7 Psychology of Worth and Reality, Myth and Explanation: Thinking and Social Consciousness 48

Lecture 8 Two Forms of Perception and the Aesthetic Phase of Reflective Consciousness 57

Lecture 9 The Role of the Aesthetic Object in Reflective Consciousness 62

Lecture 10 The Aesthetic Object and the Working Image 67

Lecture 11 Expression and Emotion 71

Lecture 12 Gesture, Communication, and Consciousness of Meaning 75

Lecture 13 Cult, Myth, and Education 79

Lecture 14 The Three Stages of the Act and the Relationship between Intercourse and Thought 83

Lecture 15 Gesture, Conversation, and Consciousness of Meaning 87

Lecture 16 The Function of the Aesthetic Image in Thought 91

Lecture 17 Cult and Myth in Greek Society 96

Lecture 18 Myth, Community, and Education 100

Lecture 19 Greek Science and Education 103

Lecture 20 The Social Origin of Greek Science 107

Lecture 21 The Role of Education in the Development of Greek Science 111

Lecture 22 The Aesthetic Object and the SocialOrigin of Reflection 115

Lecture 23 Pythagoras, Subjective Consciousness, and Abstraction 122

Lecture 24 Abstraction and Generalization in the Thought Process 126

Lecture 25 The Role of Abstraction in Reflective Thought 130

Lecture 26 Abstraction and Magic 133

Lecture 27 The Scientific Method and Education 136

Lecture 28 Socratic Education and the Role of Method 140

Lecture 29 From Greek Science to Modern Science 144

Lecture 30 Bacon, Galileo, Copernicus, Newton, and the Consciousness of Method 148

Lecture 31 The Social Character of the Reflective Process 152

Lecture 32 Education, Explanation, and Science 156

Lecture 33 The Phases of the Process of Thinking: Historical and Psychological 159

Lecture 34 Science, Education, and Method: The Role of the Aesthetic Form 163

Lecture 35 The Aesthetic Form and Scientific Method 167

Lecture 36 The Stages of the Reflective Process 170

Lecture 37 Education and the Conveying of Meanings 172

Lecture 38 Language, Communication, and Meaning in Education 177

Works Cited by Mead 179

References 182

Index 186

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)