ERIC Number: EJ900773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Education, Erasmian Humanism and More's "Utopia"
Parrish, John M.
Oxford Review of Education, v36 n5 p589-605 Oct 2010
The humanist movement of the Northern Renaissance--often called "Christian humanism" or "Erasmian humanism" (after its most famous member, Desiderius Erasmus)--had a lasting impact on many areas of European intellectual and cultural life. This paper reviews the contribution of Erasmus and his circle to the theory and practice of education. After first outlining the main features of the Erasmian humanist tradition more generally, the paper then explores in greater detail two specific works on education by Erasmus himself--his treatises on "The education of a Christian prince" (1515) and his later work "On the education of children" (1529). The paper then investigates Thomas More's "Utopia" (1516), perhaps the most enduring literary achievement of Erasmian humanism, showing how "Utopia" displays the educational philosophy of the movement in such a way as to bring out its larger implications for moral and political theory and practice. Finally, the paper briefly considers the contemporary legacy of the tradition of Erasmian humanism for educational theory and reform. (Contains 15 notes.)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational History, Humanism, World History, Foreign Countries, Christianity, Authors, Moral Values, Political Attitudes, Educational Theories, Educational Change, Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Womens Education, Role of Education, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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