Liberalism, Communitarianism and Education: Reclaiming Liberal Education

Liberalism, Communitarianism and Education: Reclaiming Liberal Education

by Patrick Keeney
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Taylor & Francis

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Liberalism, Communitarianism and Education: Reclaiming Liberal Education

Communitarian thinkers have identified important deficiencies in liberal thought, in particular the limits of the account of justice given in liberal theories. This book makes transparent for the reader the implications that the liberal account of justice has for our ways of thinking about education. Citing the work of John Rawls as the principal expression of contemporary liberal thought, Keeney argues that there are certain intractable tensions between the view of the individual given in rights-based theories of justice and a certain valuable conception of education, which in the West has traditionally been termed a "liberal" or "general" education and concludes that ideals of a liberal education are only available to a political ethic which is capable of articulating a public conception of virtue and the good.

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ISBN-13: 9780754653974
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/11/2006
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The nature of the enquiry; Political philosophy and educational theory; The two liberal traditions; The priority of the right and the transcendental subject; The foundations of right: liberalism and the social contract tradition; Liberalism without metaphysics: John Rawls and the moral subject; Alasdair MacIntyre: morality after virture; Charles Taylor: sources of the modern self; Philosophy of education and communitarianism; Bibliography; Index.

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