Educational Theory as Theory of Conduct

From Aristotle to Dewey

By J. J. Chambliss

Paperback : 9780887064647, 172 pages, July 1987
Hardcover : 9780887064630, 172 pages, July 1987

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Table of contents


1. Introduction

2. Aristotle's Predecessors

3. Aristotle's Poliscraft

4. Oratory as Conduct in Cicero and Quintilian

5. Conduct in Jewish and Christian Thought

6. John of Salisbury's Defense of the Arts

7. John Locke and Isaac Watts: Understanding as Conduct

8. Vico: Human Beings Make Themselves

9. Rousseau: Human Nature and the Necessity in Things

10. Condillac's Natural Logic

11. John Dewey: Empiricism and Humility in Conduct

12. Making Our Nature: A Necessity in Conduct


Bibliographic Note



Chambliss presents clearly the position that educational theory is a theory of conduct rather than an applied science. It is theory of conduct, not about conduct. He reveals the richness of this idea and examines the various ways it has been discussed in the works of Aristotle, Rousseau, Dewey, and others. He also demonstrates its timeliness for today's educators by presenting it as an antidote to the current widespread tendency of trying to quantify conduct, to treat education as a thing to be measured.

J. J. Chambliss is Professor of Education at Rutgers University.


"The unique focus on conduct brings relief from much educational literature on behavior and it allows Chambliss to expand educational philosophy to include Clement, Salisbury, Vico, and Condillac. One of the book's strengths is its introduction of these thinkers into the realm of educational philosophy. Chambliss does a good job of surveying in a selective manner and of integrating the results into a coherent pattern of interpretation. " — David A. Nyberg, State University of New York at Buffalo

"Educational Theory as Theory of Conduct is very scholarly. It is informed by extensive reading, and shows a deep sensitivity to the people and issues discussed. "— Philip L. Smith, Ohio State University