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Is it Possible to Live a Philosophical, Educational Life in Education, Nowadays?

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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: © Griffiths, M. (2012). Is it Possible to Live a Philosophical, Educational Life in Education, Nowadays? Journal of Philosophy of Education, 46(3), 397-413, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9752.2012.00861.x/abstract

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-413
JournalJournal of Philosophy of Education
Issue number3
Early online date13 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 2012


I consider if and how far it is possible to live an educational philosophical life, in the fast-changing, globalised world of Higher Education. I begin with Socrates’ account of a philosophical life in the Apology. I examine some tensions within different conceptions of what it is to do philosophy. I then go on to focus more closely on what it might be to live a philosophical, educational life in which educational processes and outcomes are influenced by philosophy, using examples taken from published sources and from conversational interviews with philosophers carried out by myself with Kenneth Wain, Bas Levering and Richard Pring. I then outline the directions of current European policy for Higher Education. Finally I discuss how far current policies and trends leave room for doing philosophy of education, concluding that it is possible, but only for individuals who are very much in sympathy with current policy trends or who are creative in constructing smoke screens.

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