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By Randall Curren

ISBN-10: 0631228373

ISBN-13: 9780631228370

A significant other to the Philosophy of schooling is a finished advisor to philosophical pondering schooling. deals a state of the art account of present and debatable matters in schooling, together with matters bearing on multiculturalism, detailed schooling, intercourse schooling, and educational freedom. Written via a world staff of best specialists, who're without delay engaged with those profound and intricate academic difficulties. Serves as an critical advisor to the sector of philosophy of schooling.

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In Politics VIII. 3, we are promised a discussion of a kind of education "that sons must be given not because it is useful or necessary but because it is noble and suitable for a free person" (1338a30-4). This promise is unfortunately not fulfilled, but we do have some clues as to the nature of this education. We know, for example, that music and drawing are both to be taught in part because they are noble and free and contribute to leisure. But we also know that many other subjects, particularly philosophy and other theoretical sciences, are crucial to spending one's leisure time well and achieving happiness (1263b29-40, 1267alO-12, 1334a23).

This nature is the same as the thing's essence (to ti en einai) or function (ergon), which is the same as its end (telos). Indeed, its end just is to actualize its nature by performing its function. Aristotle's view of natural things is therefore teleological: he sees them as being defined by an end for which they are striving, and as needing to have their behavior explained by reference to it. It is this end, essence, or function that fixes what the good for that being consists in, and what its perfections or virtues are (Nicomachean Ethics, 1098a7-20, Physics, 195a23-25).

C. REEVE pedantically as "to debase the mind and deprive it of leisure" (Politics, 1337bl4-17). Presumably, then, the citizens of Aristotle's best city, which is an aristocracy of virtue, must be trained in these subjects at some point. If not from age 14, then later in their lives. In Politics VIII. 3, we are promised a discussion of a kind of education "that sons must be given not because it is useful or necessary but because it is noble and suitable for a free person" (1338a30-4). This promise is unfortunately not fulfilled, but we do have some clues as to the nature of this education.

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