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Blackwell Companion to the Philosophy of Education

John Mann finds his encounter with a Blackwell Companion most educational.

What is it to be well-educated? How should we impart wisdom and knowledge to the young? Such questions are as old as philosophy and have been the concern of philosophers since ancient times. Do the forty-five articles in this book provide a comprehensive guide to philosophical thinking about education, as the dust jacket claims?

The book is broken into four parts: Historical and Contemporary Movements (Stoicism, Humanism, Romanticism etc); Teaching and Learning (Teaching Science, Teaching Elementary Arithmetic through Application, Teaching Literature etc); The Politics and Ethics of Schooling (Multicultural Education, Children’s Rights, Sex Education etc) and Higher Education (Academic Freedom, The Ethics of Research, Affirmative Action in Higher Education etc). The book forms part of the Blackwell Companion series, which also features such books as A Companion to Ethics, A Companion to Aesthetics, and A Companion to Epistemology.

The purpose of each essay is to introduce the reader to a particular topic, and provide a list of books for further reading. If you were interested in Romanticism and education for example you might want to read Frederick C.

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