Pragmatist Philosophy of Education

Randall Curren

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Pragmatist Philosophy of Education

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This article considers pragmatic approaches to philosophy of education and philosophy. It distinguishes the philosophies of education advanced by pragmatists and evaluates the reliance of these philosophies on distinctively pragmatist methods or doctrines. It suggests that what the pragmatist vision of a science of ethics would seem to condemn most in the present landscape of philosophy of education is recourse to speculative philosophy that impairs the effectiveness of arguments for educational reform by burdening them with unnecessary and contested theoretical baggage, when what is needed is evidence and analysis.

Keywords: philosophy; education; pragmatic approaches; science of ethics; speculative philosophy; educational reform

Article.  8834 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy ; Epistemology

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