SUNY series, The Philosophy of Education

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Imitation and Education

Brings together current research in philosophy, cognitive science, and education to uncover and criticize the traditional assumptions of how and why we should learn through imitation.

Democratic Education Stretched Thin

Argues that the complexity of our pluralistic social world demands an enriched conception of democratic education.

Inquiry and Education

Provides a central role for Dewey’s talk of education and how it fits into his overall philosophy.

Grappling with the Good

Asks whether public schools can and should help students discuss moral disagreements, even when religion is involved.

Art, Alienation, and the Humanities

Illustrates how Marcuse's theory sheds new light on current debates in both education and society involving issues of multiculturalism, postmodernism, civic education, the "culture wars," critical thinking, and critical literacy.

John Dewey

A concise, eminently readable introduction to the thought of America's most prominent philosopher.

Discipleship or Pilgrimage?

This interpretive history and critique of educational philosophy offers a reexamination and reconstruction of John Dewey's vision.

The Educational Conversation

This book discusses topics normally excluded from the current educational conversation such as soul, authority, irony, memory, style, luck, privacy, power, and hospitality.

Classroom in Conflict

This book transcends recent debates about political correctness to address the underlying problems of teaching controversial subjects in the college and university history classroom. The author criticizes ...

Performance versus Results

This study examines the consequences of cultural development on the emergence of contemporary sport. The current preoccupation with statistics and reductionist theories has objectified athletic performance ...

To Be One of Us

In the context of the growing debate over the relationship between humanities education and the future of liberal democracy, To Be One of Us surveys in dialectical fashion several contemporary humanist ...

Education, Cultural Myths, and the Ecological Crisis

This book is an examination of how the educational process perpetuates cultural myths contributing to the ecological crisis. In addressing the cultural and educational dimensions of the ecological crisis, ...

The Teacher as Expert

At a time of increasing pressure for teachers to become more professional and more technically competent, this book examines in a critical fashion whether teachers should be considered experts. Written ...

A Legacy of Learning

A Legacy of Learning examines the principal periods in the history of European and American education, beginning in ancient Greece and ending in twentieth-century America. It is a superior textbook for ...

Religious Fundamentalism and American Education

For the past twenty-five years, 'ultra-fundamentalist' Christians have put increasing pressure on American public education to conform exclusively with their own philosophy and vision of education and ...

George S. Counts and Charles A. Beard

A thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation, the Counts-Beard correspondence illuminates the issues facing American education today. The correspondence explores the collaboration between them as Counts ...

Education, Modernity, and Fractured Meaning

An indictment of the ideology of modernity, which has resulted in our leading incoherent and fragmented lives, Oliver and Gershman's book explores the profound paradigmatic differences that exist among ...

Pedagogy, Printing and Protestantism

Using Foucault's history of discourse, this book examines the relationship between the invention of the printing press and the evolution of concepts regarding childhood and schooling. It is an interdisciplinary ...