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human nature and the aims of education

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Kirsten Pols

on 23 April 2014

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human nature and the aims of education
Who and What to educate?
How to educate
leading principles: Utility, teleology, ethics of care and democracy

Teaching for and as activism

Training, schooling vs growing into or being initiated into a form of life

Emotion and cognition in education: embodiment and (self-)objectivation

Conceptions of intersubjectivity:
The role of teacher, student, the student body, etc.
Human being and embodiment
human being and practical self-understanding
educative being and embodiment
The Aims of Education
variety of practices,
concepts, and

Aimed at:
a wide range of goals,
spread over a large scale of abstraction.
A conceptual framework for education
Which concepts are key? How do they relate?
The role of embodiment
In practical self-understanding?

In education?

In the conceptual framework of Helmuth Plessner?
Kirsten in PE-Wonderland
Philosophy of Education
Philosophy of education is a philosophical discipline that explores, questions and/ or critically examines issues along the entire scale (of abstraction), concerning goals/ aims of the upbringing and teaching of children as well as (young) adults.
Practical Self-understanding and education
Why is practical self-understanding about education?

Why is/ should education be about practical self-understanding?

Why is the obvious not so obvious (any more)?
aims of education:
targets vs virtues: responsibility vs accountability
intrinsic vs extrinsic: danger of politization of education
what/ who is at stake?

questions of epistemic (in)justice
Educational equality (the status and role of natural talent and motivation)

Conceptions of the child, childhood, biological, sociological and phenomenological aspects.

conceptions of professionals and of society

ethical education and professional training
The 3 axes of education: development, learning and freedom
both the aims and the sources are everywhere.
agency: nature, cognition, judgement
The goal is to help the field of education conceptualize its aims, possibilities and boundaries as well as the sources it relies on: psychology, developmental theory and studies, learning theories and studies, etc. etc.
the relation between education and self-understanding is the key.
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