London Branch Virtual Seminar

Education’s Aims  
Harvey Seigel (University of Miami)

5.30 pm – 7.00pm (BST)

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The most fundamental philosophical questions about education concern its alleged aims: Are there any? If so, what are they? What determines their status as fundamental aims?  After reviewing the many aims proposed, I will argue for the priority of a small cluster of basic aims. I will then challenge the ‘no aims’ view, that education either has no aims or is best pursued without reference to them. I will next challenge the currently popular view that the overarching aim of education is flourishing. Finally, I will argue that society should serve education, that education sets its own proper path.
 
Harvey Siegel is Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, University of Miami. Interests include epistemology, philosophy of science, philosophy of education, and argumentation theory. For several decades he has been a leading figure in epistemology and in the philosophy of education, and he is the author of numerous books and articles. His most recent book is Education’s Epistemology: Rationality, Diversity, and Critical Thinking (2017, Oxford University Press).  

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