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Philosophy of education : an encyclopedia
Publication Information:
New York : Garland Pub., c1996.
Physical Description:
xvi, 720 p. ; 26 cm.
Garland reference library of the humanities ; vol. 1671


Material Type
Shelf Number
Reference book LB17.P485 1996 1

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First Published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Education is a hot topic these days. While the practices of education--from age-appropriateness to distance learning--are debated, some attention might well be paid to various theories of education with a view to informing this discussion. Editor Chambliss has compiled a fine encyclopedia that covers "philosophical points of view that have had the greatest influence on educational thinking, from ancient Greece to the present." Individual philosophers, topics within the field of philosophy (e.g., epistemology, existentialism), educators, and education reformers are included as well as ideas and thinkers influencing education from outside the realm of philosophy (e.g., social sciences, religion). Dictionaries and encyclopedias of philosophy or education will not provide the depth of treatment and range of entries for this discrete subject that this source does. As such, it is unique and welcome. However, not all entries are successful. The one for William of Ockham nicely presents his philosophy but fails to treat his thoughts on education specifically or the impact of his philosophy upon later thinking about education. The entry for multiculturalism begins by clearly and succinctly presenting this perspective but goes on to become an apologia for it. The entry for justice begins with a history of theories of justice and ends with their implications for education. Not so in the entry for slavery. It masterfully traces the origins of slavery, the different forms it has taken, as well as the social and economic aspects of systems of slavery. No connection is made between slavery and education save mention that one way that scholars compare varied slave systems is whether there was a right to an education or training. The 228 signed articles are alphabetically arranged and complete with see also references and supplemental bibliographies. The index is extensive, including not only the individual entries but also names and subjects contained within them. This encyclopedia is at its best when it describes individual philosophers and their views on education and will be useful to those interested in education and philosophy at all levels.

Choice Review

Single-volume works like Oxford Companion to Philosophy (CH, Jan'96) treat many of the ideas and philosophers covered in this encyclopedia. The difference is that this work focuses on the educational ideas of particular philosophers and to a lesser degree their educational applications. Beginning readers will find it helpful to read the articles "Philosophy of Education, History of" and "Philosophy of Education, Literature in" as an introduction to the field. The more than 200 signed articles, covering ancient to modern times, were written by a panel made up largely of Americans and Britons, reflecting the greater interest in this subject in those countries. The 184 contributors are listed in the front matter. The relatively brief entries (600 to 3,000 words) end with bibliographies of additional readings and cited works. The bibliographic citations occasionally omit some of the authors and philosophers whose names appear in the text and in the personal name/subject index. Highly recommended for college and university libraries that support programs in philosophy as well as teacher education and related fields. H. M. Lowry La Sierra University

Table of Contents

Selected Entries
Academic freedom
Anselm of Canterbury
Civic education
Curriculum and instruction
Home and family
Hook, Sydney
Ignatius of Loyola
Jefferson, Thomas
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Philo of Alexandria
Physical education
Public education
Race and racism
Religious education
Teaching and learning
Technology Vvalue and evaluation
Willard, Emma