Philosophy of Education: The Essential Texts

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Philosophy of education is a study both of the aims of education and the most appropriate means of achieving those aims. This volume contains substantial selections from those works widely regarded as central to the development of the field. These are the "essential texts" that lay the foundation for further study. The text is historically organized, moving from classical thought (Plato, Aristotle), through the medieval period (Augustine), to modern perspectives (Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft), and twentieth-century thinkers (Whitehead, Dewey). Each selection is followed by an extended interpretative essay in which a noted authority of our time highlights essential points from the readings and places them in a wider context.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415994408
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 642,039
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 3.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The City University of New York Graduate Center. Among the nine books he has authored are The Eclipse of Excellence, Education and the Democratic Ideal, Saints and Scamps: Ethics in Academia, revised edition, and From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor. He is also the editor of more than thirty volumes, including Morality, Responsibility and the University: Studies in Academic Ethics, The Affirmative Action Debate (Routledge), now in its second edition, and Classics of Western Philosophy, now in its seventh edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Plato 1

Meno (complete) 1

The Republic 30

Afterword Robert S. Brumbaugh 94

2 Aristotle 109

Nicomachean Ethics 109

Politics 133

Afterword Randall Curren 148

3 Augustine 159

On the Teacher 159

Afterword Philip L. Quinn 173

4 John Locke 179

Some Thoughts Concerning Education 179

Afterword Peter Gay 200

5 Jean-Jacques Rousseau 205

Emile 205

Afterword William Boyd 246

6 Immanuel Kant 253

Lectures on Pedagogy 253

Afterword Robert B. Louden 281

7 Mary Wollstonecraft 293

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 293

Afterword Jane Roland Martin 308

8 John Stuart Mill 321

Inaugural Address at St. Andrews (complete) 321

Afterword Elizabeth Anderson 355

9 Alfred North Whitehead 361

The Aims of Education 361

Afterword Nathaniel M. Lawrence 373

10 John Dewey 379

Democracy and Education 379

Afterword Sidney Hook 490

Permissions 499

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