Philosophy of Education

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The Touch of the Present

Explores the importance of the body and the senses in educational encounters, drawing out the aesthetic and political dimensions of educational practices.

Teaching, Tenure, and Collegiality

Questions universities’ increasing reliance on market-oriented metrics to determine their strategic directions and gauge faculty productivity.

Walter Benjamin's Antifascist Education

By Tyson E. Lewis
Subjects: Education

A comprehensive study of education in the writings of Walter Benjamin.

Tuning the Student Mind

Explores the effectiveness and value of meditation in a college classroom.

Catalyzing the Field

A rich collection of essays about the inner, shared experiences of participants engaged in second-person approaches to contemplative practice.

Confucianism Reconsidered

Explores the rich potential of Confucianism in American and Chinese classrooms of the twenty-first century.

The Quest for Purpose

Demonstrates how students and educators can resist narrow, utilitarian views of higher education’s purpose.

A Psychoanalyst in the Classroom

Offers a new view of pedagogical practices to psychoanalysts interested in pedagogy.

Crusade for Democracy, Revised Edition

By Daniel Tanner
Subjects: Education

Tells the fascinating story of the Progressive Education movement of the 1930s and 1940s.

The Pursuit of Wisdom and Happiness in Education

By Sean Steel
Subjects: Education

Explores the nature and role of wisdom in education.

Modes of Learning

By George Allan
Subjects: Education

A highly accessible reading of Whitehead's writings on education and their connection to his metaphysics.

The Idolatry of the Actual

Reinvigorates Jürgen Habermas’ early critical theory.

Mediumism

Explores the contemporary pedagogical significance of modernism.

At Home in the World

By Eilon Schwartz
Subjects: Education

Explores how Darwin’s theory of human nature can inform educational philosophy.

The Politics of Inquiry

Argues against the “culture of science” currently dominating education discourse and in favor of a more critical understanding of various modes of inquiry.

The Very Thought of Education

A startling reading of the educational enterprise through a psychoanalytic lens.

Deweyan Inquiry

Presents John Dewey’s theory of inquiry and applies it to various areas of the primary, middle, and secondary school curricula.

Reconstructing Democracy, Recontextualizing Dewey

Edited by Jim Garrison
Subjects: Philosophy

Leading scholars challenge and reinvigorate the pragmatic method of John Dewey.

School Choice Policies and Outcomes

Provides a clear assessment of all sides of the school choice debate.

Grade Inflation

Edited by Lester H. Hunt
Subjects: Education

An authoritative and provocative discussion of the key issues surrounding grade inflation and its possible effects on academic excellence.

Teaching Nonmajors

Delivers uncomplicated and useful techniques for better teaching to nonmajors in liberal arts courses.

Free School Teaching

Chronicles the author’s personal and professional journey within the American educational system.

Learning from the Other

How does ethics influence the myriad ways we engage difference within educational settings?

Arts of Living

By Kurt Spellmeyer
Subjects: Education

Argues that higher education needs to abandon the “culture wars” if it hopes to address the major crises of the century.

Fashionable Nihilism

By Bruce Wilshire
Subjects: Education

One of America's foremost philosophers reflects on the discipline and its relation to everyday life.

Beyond Discourse

Drawing on the works of Martin Buber and Mikhail Bakhtin, the author explores the roles that dialogue, laughter, and spontaneity play in the education of the whole person.

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.

Understanding Curriculum as Racial Text

This book examines issues of identity and difference, both theoretically and as represented in curriculum materials. Here debates over the cultural character of the curriculum are characterized as debates ...

Critical Reasoning in Contemporary Culture

Here we have, for the first time in a single volume, diverse perspectives on the meaning, conditions, and goals of critical reasoning in contemporary culture. Part One emphasizes critical reasoning and ...

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 ...

Rebirth of Value

Rebirth of Value takes as its starting-point the emerging scientific view of the universe as a free, unpredictable, self-ordering evolutionary process in which our own cultural history plays a leading ...

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 ...

Academic Rebels in Chile

Many philosophers have been appointed to top-level political positions during Chile's modern history. What makes Chilean philosophers unique in the context of Latin America and beyond, is that they have ...

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 ...