Education, Democracy, and Capitalism

Philip Kitcher

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Education, Democracy, and Capitalism

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This article examines the relationships between education, democracy, and capitalism through the works of John Dewey, John Stuart Mill, and Adam Smith. It explores some basic questions that arise in developing an approach to education within our liberal democratic tradition. It suggests that that Dewey's philosophy of education has the resources to answer a challenge posed by Smith's economic analyses and that philosophers ought to embrace Dewey's reconceptualization of philosophy as the general theory of education.

Keywords: education; democracy; capitalism; John Dewey; John Stuart Mill; Adam Smith; economic analyses

Article.  9023 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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