PHIL 301 B: Intermediate Topics In Philosophy

Philosophy of Education

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
SIG 226
Charles Ives
Charles Ives

Additional Details:

Topic: Philosophy of Education. This course is fairly straightforward.  We will read select works from three prominent figures in the philosophy of education: Plato, Dewey, and Freire.  Our aim will be to address the following issues and make sense of the connections between them:


  • What is the purpose of education?

Are we working to create a particular kind of human being or are our efforts geared more towards societal goals?

  • Who or what is educated?

Is everyone to be educated or is the focus on a particular demographic?

What does education act on: souls, minds, consciousness?

  • How are students educated?

Is there a primary subject matter, curriculum, or technique being advocated? 

What theories of teaching or learning are employed?

  • Is there a metaphysics in play informing any of the above items? 

Does being committed to a particular metaphysics also commitment one to particular educational strategies?


Students will be expected to address the above issues by writing two papers: one on a particular figure and issue and one comparing two figures on a particular issue or issues.  Weekly quizzes will also be administered toward the same end.

TEXTS: Experience and Education, John Dewey; Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire.

Catalog Description: 
Philosophical topics at the intermediate level. Content varies each quarter, depending on instructor.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:07pm