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Philosophy of Education: An Anthology 1st Edition

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"Philosophy of Education: An Anthology is a major contribution to philosophy of education. There are now quite a few large volumes on the subject. All have their virtues, but none of them lend themselves easily to introductory and mid-level courses in philosophy of education. This new anthology, edited with wisdom, judgment and deep knowledge of the field by Randall Curren, is perfect for this purpose. In virtue of its excellent content, range, accessibility, and flexibility, it will quickly become the standard anthology for the field." Harvey Siegel, University of Miami

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This volume provides the most comprehensive and systematic collection of essential writings on the philosophy of education. Offering a balanced treatment of the fundamental questions and philosophical issues regarding the nature and aims of education, as well as the central debates in current educational policy, this book explores topics such as teacher professionalism and accountability, the commercialization of schooling, multicultural education, parental choice, educational equality and disabilities, and curricular controversies. Selected for their focus on important issues of educational practice as well as their philosophical merit and readability, the readings include seminal selections from Plato, Aristotle, Isocrates, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Dewey, as well as numerous contemporary writings. The five major sections of the text correspond to the five basic normative dimensions of educational practice: its nature and aims, the authority it rests on, its responsibilities, the manner in which it is conducted, and the content that is communicated or learned. This innovative framework gives the collection its comprehensive scope, while keeping the focus on the fundamental philosophical issues of educational practice and policy.

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405130229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405130226
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,045,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's what I wrote on Crooked Timber ([...]) when the book came out:

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.
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This is a fine anthology. It balances classical and modern writings. Plato, Aristotle, Anthony Appiah and Nel Noddings are there. It has a well conceived ranged of topics. And it has essays within the topical areas that provide "balanced" coverage of the issues. The essays include a range of contemporary topics that will be of interest to people who are not specialists in the field such as teaching creationism and educational testing as well as writings on more perennial topics such as liberal education and education for democracy. All of the classical essays are by major historical figures and the contemporary articles are by people with good standing in the field. All the essays that I have read (most of them) are quality pieces. In addition to this anthology Professor Curren has also assembled a collection of original essays entitled A Companion to the Philosophy of Education. Together these collections make an excellent introduction to the field of philosophy of education.

I do have to admit to having an article in each of these volumes.
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An anthology by an unknown "philosopher," attempting to continue the Eurocentric elevation of philosophy in education. Instead of a much-needed infusion of diverse, critical, and essential authors, this editor has put together a mishmash of the usual suspects.

Pass on it.
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