Summer Course Offering: The Philosophy of Education

Date Published: 
April 9, 2014

The Philosophy of Education

PHIL 3940-001 CRN: 31252

First Summer Session 2014
Beth Mason
Part-time Instructor in Philosophy

This course is designed for both philosophy and education students, along with sociology, political science and history students, as well.  The concept of education as a requirement for adequate and informed leadership finds its beginnings in the ‘Philosopher King’ from Plato’s Republic.  Through the ages, various philosophers, such as Aristotle, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann, Mortimer Adler, John Dewey, Maria Montessori, and Lev Vygotsky have written on the meanings and reasons for education, as well as who should be educated and what methods employed.  This course will consider the ideas of these thinkers in the contexts in which change and social/political progress has reshaped, altered, and evolved the focus, purpose, and method of both public and private education in the United States.