The Importance of Philosophy for Education

Room G39, School of Education, School of Education Building R19
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Wednesday 6th May 2015 (16:30-18:00)
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With Professor David Carr.

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One significant post-WWII development in educational theorising was the attempt on the part of distinguished modern philosophers – such as R. S. Peters and Israel Scheffler – to refashion philosophy of education as a serious branch of analytical philosophy. Despite this, the reputation of educational philosophy has continued to be somewhat chequered. While there are no doubt many and varied reasons for this – including the extremely variable quality of much recent educational philosophy itself, certain confused post-modern and related misconceptions of the aims and methods of analytical philosophy and an evergreen popular tendency to regard philosophy as dealing only in abstract and ivory tower speculations of little relevance to effective practice – this lecture will argue that the techniques of analytical philosophy are absolutely indispensable to clear professional thinking and theorising in education and other practical fields.   

The Lecture will be followed by light refreshments.

Venue: Vaughan Jeffreys's Lecture Theatre, School of Education (R19). Download a map of the campus

We look forward to seeing you at Professor Carr's Inaugural Lecture. If we can be of any assistance, please do get in touch.