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Epistemology Of Education

J. Adam Carter and Ben Kotzee

in Philosophy


Published online October 2015 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577.016.0292

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During the late 20th and early 21st centuries, increasing overlap has emerged between projects in mainstream epistemology and corresponding projects in the philosophy of education. This is no doubt in part because epistemology’s focus has broadened far beyond the post-Gettier project of analyzing propositional knowledge; front and center on the contemporary epistemological agenda are philosophical problems associated with, for instance, epistemic value, understanding, knowledge-how, testimony, and intellectual virtue. Unsurprisingly, many of the epistemological problems associated with these notions have counterparts in educational theory. For example, just as epistemologists ask about our epistemic aims (aims we have from a purely epistemic point of view) so philosophers of education ask what kinds of cognitive goods and traits an education should aim at inculcating. Thus, the matter of what makes knowledge valuable to possess—just to take one example of many—is a matter that falls squarely within the purview of both epistemological and educational disciplines. This article aims to categorize and briefly summarize a range of such overlapping projects under the description of the epistemology of education. While textbooks and anthologies on the specific matter of intersections between education and epistemology are relatively scarce (though we have noted some examples), the literature in mainstream philosophy, epistemology, and education journals on the epistemological dimensions of education is flourishing.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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