Of Human Potential: An Essay in the Philosophy of Education

Routledge & Kegan Paul (1985)
Abstract
The concept of potential plays a prominent role in the thinking of parents, educators and planners the world over. Although this concept accurately reflects central features of human nature, its current use perpetuates traditional myths of fixity, harmony and value, calculated to cause untold mischief in social and educational practice. First published in 1985, Israel Scheffler's book aims to demythologise the concept of potential. He shows its roots in genuine aspects of human nature, but at the same time frees it from outworn philosophical myths by means of analytical reconstruction - thereby improving both its theoretical and its practical applicability. The book concludes with an interpretation of policy-making in education, and reflections on the ideal education of a policy-maker. It emphasises human symbolism, choice, temporal continuity, and self-determination as indispensible elements of any adequate philosophy of education. _Of Human Potential _will be of interest to a broad range of philosophers, educators and social scientists
Keywords Education Philosophy  Education and state  Educational anthropology  Intellect  Self-actualization (Psychology
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Call number LA132.S328 1985
ISBN(s) 0415581311   0415581109   0710205716     9780415581318
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