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What Do Philosophers of Education Do?
Claudia Ruitenberg - What Do Philosophers of Education Do?
Published: 2010-05-17 | ISBN: 144433297X | PDF | 168 pages | 3 MB

Educational research addresses a plethora of questions. And yet many of the most pressing questions that confront education simply cannot be answered with empirical data: they often require a philosophical approach. But what exactly is it that philosophers do? This collection of essays examines a range of philosophical methods in educational research, demonstrating how philosophy of education can be understood methodologically, whilst offering critical consideration of the consequences of methodological analysis.
The contributors show the way that, from different philosophical traditions, specific modes of thinking and writing can be distilled that allow philosophers of education to think and communicate reflexively about what they do and how they do it. The authors draw from both analytical and Continental traditions, with some focusing on well-established approaches, such as conceptual analysis and phenomenology, and others proposing new terms and approaches, such as ‘presumptive tautology'.
The book fills a significant gap in the research methods literature in education and the social sciences and humanities, and is an invaluable source for anyone teaching and studying in these fields. It presents a clear picture of how philosophical traditions can be brought to bear on educational questions, and it provides an opportunity for philosophers of education to think about how to account for their practice.

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