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ERIC Number: EJ773241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Philosophy of Education as Philosophy: A Metaphilosophical Inquiry
Pollack, George
Educational Theory, v57 n3 p239-260 Aug 2007
What is the philosophical status of the philosophy of education? Is it philosophy, no different from the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind? Much depends on where these latter derive their philosophical bona fides from. There are two ways of viewing the matter. On one account, they are subdivisions of the veritable philosophy branches of metaphysics and epistemology. It being impossible to view philosophy of education as comparably emanating from any of the philosophical originals, this approach effectively deprives it of proper philosophical standing. On the other account, nonoriginal philosophy branches may be viewed as attaining "philosophihood," each on its own. Such a purview provides the maneuverability needed to countenance the philosophical nature of philosophy of education as well. Still, George Pollack argues in this essay that if it is to fully accommodate philosophy of education, philosophy will need to be reconceived to include the unearthing of the philosophical foundations of a social practice.
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Language: English
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