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ERIC Number: EJ909338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0039-3746
The Natural Rights Basis of Aristotelian Education
Vasillopulos, Christopher
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v30 n1 p19-36 Jan 2011
It is commonplace to speak of education as a right. Yet it has been seldom defended as a natural right. Natural rights are pre-social, while education is social intrinsically. This analysis attempts to show how Aristotle's concept of education can be conceived as a natural and necessary process to fulfill individual autonomy. In this sense it approaches Locke's conception of a natural right. To the degree that it succeeds, the firmest possible basis for education in modern constitutionally premised social order is established. It will stand on a par with life, liberty and property and will be equally resistant to tyrannical inroads of either government or majoritarian politics. Moreover, it will refocus society on its absolute duty to treat its citizens justly, that is, will full regard for their inalienable rights.
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Language: English
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