Epistemology of education

DOI: 10.4324/0123456789-P074-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 2018
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Article Summary

Philosophical thinking about education has always been centrally concerned with epistemological matters, alongside metaphysical, moral and social/political concerns. The most basic question concerns the epistemic aims of education: what are they, and why? Candidates include truth, rational or justified belief, knowledge, understanding and the fostering of intellectual virtues. A second question concerns the roles of testimony and trust in education: should students believe their teachers’ testimonial pronouncements simply because their teachers said so? A third cluster of questions involves indoctrination: what is it? Is it avoidable? Is it always bad, or sometimes educationally appropriate? A fourth involves open-mindedness: is it possible to believe things while still being open-minded about them?

Citing this article:
Siegel, Harvey. Epistemology of education, 2018, doi:10.4324/0123456789-P074-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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