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ERIC Number: EJ948561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
The Hirst-Carr Debate Revisited: Beyond the Theory-Practice Dichotomy
Misawa, Koichiro
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v45 n4 p689-702 Nov 2011
This article examines the benefits and burdens of the debate between Paul Hirst and Wilfred Carr over a set of issues to do with philosophy and education specifically and theory and practice more generally. Hirst and Carr, in different ways, emphasise the importance of Aristotelian practical philosophy as an antidote to the theory-oriented confined method of "conceptual analysis" that has haunted the philosophy of education. Despite their proper recognition of the irreducible character of practice to theory, they fail to provide a satisfying account of their interpenetrating relation. Hirst falls into error by fencing off "forms of theoretical knowledge" from "forms of practice"; Carr's dismissive attitude to theory is saturated with internal tensions in his own discourse. This article contends that what is left unaddressed both in Hirst's and Carr's arguments is the most fundamental sense of "social", which is prior to relative differences in the standards of knowledge among societies and which reminds us that theory is not a socially disembodied enterprise. A lively appreciation of this point encourages us to see the prevailing outlook towards the relation between philosophy and education quite differently.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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