Goldman and Siegel on the epistemic aims of education

Journal of Philosophy of Education 54 (3):492-506 (2020)
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Philosophers have claimed that education aims at fostering disparate epistemic goals. In this paper we focus on an important segment of this debate involving conversation between Alvin Goldman and Harvey Siegel. Goldman claims that education is essentially aimed at producing true beliefs. Siegel contends that education is essentially aimed at fostering both true beliefs and, independently, critical thinking and rational belief. Although we find Siegel’s position intuitively more plausible than Goldman’s, we also find Siegel’s defence of it wanting. We suggest novel argumentative strategies that draw on Siegel’s own arguments but look to us more promising.



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Alessia Marabini
University of Aberdeen
Luca Moretti
University of Eastern Piedmont

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Knowledge in a social world.Alvin I. Goldman - 1991 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Knowledge in an uncertain world.Jeremy Fantl & Matthew McGrath - 2009 - New York: Oxford University Press. Edited by Matthew McGrath.
Testimony: a philosophical study.C. A. J. Coady - 1992 - New York: Oxford University Press.

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