Educational Philosophy

Gert Biesta*

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While philosophy of education is in one sense as old as philosophy itself, it emerged as a particular specialism of educational and philosophical scholarship in the English-speaking world in the twentieth century. This article discusses the philosophical engagement with education through time, highlighting issues concerning the definition of its two key terms - philosophy and education - discussing some classics in the philosophical literature on education, in order to arrive at a sketch of the development of philosophy of education in the twentieth century.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015


  • Analytic philosophy of education
  • Education
  • Educational purpose
  • Educational theory
  • Feminism
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of education
  • Post-structuralism
  • Postmodernism
  • Pragmatism


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