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Education and Conversation
Author: David Bakhurst

ISBN: 9781472584328
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 19 May 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8 x 1.4

Since Michael Oakeshott spoke of education as an initiation into "the conversation of mankind" some fifty years ago, the idea has gained currency among philosophers on both sides of the analytic/continental divide and continues to be invoked today by thinkers seeking to resist the influence of managerialism and narrow instrumentalism in educational policy and practice.Education and Conversation draws together leading scholars representing both the analytic and continental philosophical traditions and offers a variety of perspectives on the implications of Oakeshott's educational ideas. Oakeshott's thought are explored, examining the metaphor of the conversation of mankind, the roots of Oakeshott's thinking in his early philosophical work, the relevance of his ideas to the concept ofBildung, and the significance of his political conservatism in evaluating the seemingly progressive potential of his educational ideas. Prominent concepts in Oakeshott's thought are also explored, and their relevance to contemporary philosophical discussions about education, learning and development are considered, including the nature of initiation, the phenomenol...

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