ERIC Number: EJ812794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Education: From "Telos" to Technique?
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v40 n2 p266-276 Apr 2008
A preoccupation with technology has helped bury the philosophical question: What is the point of education? I attempt to answer this question. Various answers to the question are surveyed and it is shown that they depend upon different conceptions of the self. For example, the devotional-self of the 12th century (which was about becoming master of the self) gave way to the liberal-self (which was to facilitate social change). Education can only be satisfactorily justified, I argue, by appeal to transcendent values such as mastery of the self, which is incipient in liberal education.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Social Change, Educational Psychology, Educational Theories, Educational Principles, Intellectual History, Foreign Countries
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