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ERIC Number: EJ1032799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
To Mould or to Bring Out? Human Nature, Anthropology and Educational Utopianism
Papastephanou, Marianna
Ethics and Education, v9 n2 p157-175 2014
Against narrow understandings of educational research, this article defends the relevance of philosophical anthropology to ethico-political education and contests its lack of space in the philosophy of education. My approximation of this topic begins with comments on philosophical anthropology; proceeds with examples from the history of educational ideas that illustrate what is at stake in placing realism, impossibility and education side by side; and moves to what anthropologically counts as realism or realistic expectations from education. The etymology of the word "education" allows us to unveil educational connections with human nature that demarcate (im)possibility and thematize essentialism. By investigating various questions concerning human nature, philosophical anthropology becomes important for exploring the aims and scope of education in their utopian or anti-utopian framings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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