ERIC Number: EJ736251
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Reference Count: 6
John Wilson's Confused "Perspectives on the Philosophy of Education"
Oxford Review of Education, v32 n2 p265-279 May 2006
In his "Perspectives on the Philosophy of Education" John Wilson laments the confusion that surrounds the current state of the philosophy of education. Unlike other branches of philosophy, he claims, it is not clear what the philosophy of education is about, and a snapshot of current work in the field reveals its lack of coherence. To remedy this he advocates starting "from scratch": the philosophy of education is to be understood as a discipline concerned with the logic of value judgements and focused on questions of learning. While the present paper acknowledges the extent of Wilson's contribution to the field, it draws attention to the confusion in the position that he holds, and shows that his assessment of the current state of the philosophy of education is both inaccurate and politically blinkered. In the process, the paper challenges his account of the philosophy of education as a branch of philosophy and offers a more coherent characterisation. (Contains 1 note.)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Intellectual Disciplines, Value Judgment, Rhetorical Criticism, Rhetoric
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