Reflections on Peters' view of the nature and purpose of work in philosophy of education

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Abstract

In this article I describe the analytic approach adopted by Peters, his colleagues and followers of the London line in the 1960s and 1970s and argue that, even in those times, other approaches to philosophy of education were being valued and practised. I show that Peters and his colleagues later became aware of the need for philosophy of education to become aware of and take in hand a new set of agendas and address the list of substantive issues inherent in the contexts and political considerations beginning to impinge on education in the 1980s and beyond. I argue that there is much to be said for adopting a postempiricist problem-solving approach and point to the ways in which an evolutionary epistemology may be usefully applied to many of the problems of modern educational discourse. But I also seek to show how the abiding axiological concerns of Peters may still serve as the substantive background and definition of the value emphasis of the aims and directions in which philosophers of education are currently still working.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219 - 235
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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