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date: 07 October 2022

education, problems of the philosophy of. 

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

An area where philosophical understanding is applied to the illumination of issues in education—where this notion covers upbringing within the family as well as learning in schools and other institutions. Systematic studies of this kind began in the USA in the mid-twentieth-century and slightly later in Britain and its commonwealth. To begin with, much work was done on investigating concepts like education, teaching, and indoctrination, on the assumption that to be a regular, respectable branch of philosophy like aesthetics or philosophy of religion, philosophy of education required its own puzzling concepts paralleling the concepts of art or god. Over time, however, work on these notions proved to be not so much puzzling as unbearably dull. Most philosophers of education in Britain, Holland, and Canada, as well as in more enlightened corners of the USA and Australasia, began to reconstrue their discipline as a form of applied philosophy, whose task is to clarify the aims, content, methods, and distribution of education appropriate to contemporary society. As such, philosophy of education in some ways resembles ... ...

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