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ERIC Number: EJ1160353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1474-8479
Prisoners' Right to Education: A Philosophical Survey
Vorhaus, John
London Review of Education, v12 n2 p162-174 Jul 2014
Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares: "Everyone has the right to education." This implies that the right to education and training applies to all persons, including all persons in prison. This position is considered here from a philosophical point of view and it will receive some support. Yet it is not obvious that the position is correct, nor, if it is, how it is best explained. I will examine the basis for asserting a right to education on behalf of all prisoners, and consider what is required by way of its defence in the face of common objections. I illustrate how international conventions and principles express prisoners' right to education, and I look at how this right is defended by appeal to education as a means to an end and as a human right--required by respect for persons and their human dignity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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