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Philosophy of Education: An Anthology 1st Edition
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I was approached about editing an anthology myself a few years ago, and thought about it but, mainly out of laziness, never got around to it. Curren's anthology is so good that it makes me cringe at the thought of how any volume I might have edited would have compared with it. I suppose that from outside the field it just looks like a good anthology, but from inside it reveals a wonderfully broad conception of the field, and it's clear that an enormous amount of work must have gone into constructing it.
Philosophy of education suffers from being somewhat marginal within Education, and not well respected within Philosophy (for example, I've never seen an advertisement in Jobs for Philosophers with Philosophy of Education as an AOS, nor do I know of a Philosophy PhD program in the US which regularly, if ever, offers Philosophy of Education graduate seminars. I don't offer them, and nor do the other philosophers of education I know within philosophy departments).I doubt many philosophers know much of the field beyond Plato's, Aristotle's and Rousseau's contributions, and knowledge that Locke said something relevant but no idea what it was. (Anyone who does know that much knows more than I did when I started working in the field).
If you wanted to know more, Curren's Anthology would be the perfect place to start.
All the greats are here - Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates, Locke, Rousseau, and Mill. And some of the topics you would expect. A long section on the nature and aims of education has chapters by most of the above plus Dewey, Sen, Joel Feinberg, and others.Read more ›
I do have to admit to having an article in each of these volumes.
Pass on it.