Education, Democracy, and Capitalism

Kitcher Philip

in Preludes to Pragmatism

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199899555
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980154 | DOI:
Education, Democracy, and Capitalism

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This chapter explores some basic questions that arise in developing an approach to education within our liberal democratic tradition. It starts with Mill, whose varied thoughts on human and social development offer a number of approaches to the aims of education that are apparently in tension with one another. It the shows how Dewey develops some Millian themes in ways that are intended to reconcile the tensions. The result is an ambitious ideal for education that faces the obvious challenge that it is economically unfeasible. Dewey saw the challenge, and offered sketches of a response to it. The chapter hopes to make clear how deep and difficult the problem is.

Keywords: education; liberal democracy; Mill; human development; social development; John Dewey

Chapter.  8955 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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