Eamonn Callan and Dylan Arena

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195312881
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks


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This article examines the concept of indoctrination in the context of education. It explains that a pejorative meaning is now firmly attached to the word indoctrination and argues that the basis of the moral condemnation that accusations of indoctrination have come to convey is unclear in the absence of philosophical argument. It discusses the historical concept and conception of indoctrination, its outcome, its moral status, and its role in moral responsibility.

Keywords: indoctrination; education; moral condemnation; philosophical argument; moral status; moral responsibility

Article.  9005 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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