ERIC Number: EJ924473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Philosophy, Polemics, Education
Marshall, James D.
Studies in Philosophy and Education, v26 n2 p97-109 Mar 2007
In this paper I wish to comment upon the use of polemical argument in philosophy of education and education. Like Foucault, I believe that a whole morality is at stake because polemical argument obfuscates the search for truth at the expense of truth and the other's veracity, integrity and dignity. The use of polemics is illustrated by two arguments. The first general argument is taken from an attack upon Albert Camus by the British writer Colin Wilson. The second more particular example is taken from attacks in New Zealand by the State Department of Education upon the educational ideas of the novelist and educator Sylvia Ashton-Warner. Finally I discuss how polemics might be countered in education.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Persuasive Discourse, Aggression, Opinions, Conflict, Integrity, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand