R. S. Peters' Normative Conception of Education and Educational Aims

Journal of Philosophy of Education 43 (1):97-108 (2009)
This article aims to highlight why R. S. Peters' conceptual analysis of ‘education’ was such an important contribution to the normative field of philosophy of education. In the article, I do the following: 1) explicate Peters' conception of philosophy of education as a field of philosophy and explain his approach to the philosophical analysis of concepts; 2) emphasize several (normative) features of Peters' conception of education, while pointing to a couple of oversights; and 3) suggest how Peters' analysis might be used to reinvigorate a conversation on one central educational aim—that of how we might educate citizens for the 21st century
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2009.00734.x
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R. S. Peters (1973). The Philosophy of Education. [London]Oxford University Press.

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