- Introduction: Philosophy of Education and Philosophy
- The Epistemic Aims of Education
- Moral and Political Aims of Education
- Tagore, Dewey, and the Imminent Demise of Liberal Education
- Thinking, Reasoning, and Education
- Why Fallibility Has Not Mattered and How It Could
- Educating for Authenticity: The Paradox of Moral Education Revisited
- The Development of Rationality
- Philosophy and Developmental Psychology: Outgrowing the Deficit Conception of Childhood
- Socratic Teaching and Socratic Method
- Educating the Practical Imagination: A Prolegomena
- Caring, Empathy, and Moral Education
- Kantian Moral Maturity and the Cultivation of Character
- The Persistence of Moral Skepticism and the Limits of Moral Education
- Values Education
- Curriculum and the Value of Knowledge
- Education, Democracy, and Capitalism
- Art and Education
- Science Education, Religious Toleration, and Liberal Neutrality toward the Good
- Constructivisms, Scientific Methods, and Reflective Judgment in Science Education
- Empirical Educational Research: Charting Philosophical Disagreements in an Undisciplined Field
- Educating for Individual Freedom and Democratic Citizenship: In Unity and Diversity There Is Strength
- Mapping Multicultural Education
- Educational Authority and the Interests of Children
- Pragmatist Philosophy of Education
- Feminist Philosophy and Education
- Postmodernism and Education
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This article discusses the character of art and the centrality of art education to the curriculum. It argues against the claim that art is impervious to education. It explains that though inspiration is essential to art and inspiration cannot be taught, the assumption that art is entirely a product of inspiration is unfounded. In addition, sensory and emotional responses can be educated. It shows how a symbol-theoretic conception of art readily explains how art education is possible and why it is valuable.
Catherine Z. Elgin is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an associate of the Edmund J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and the Professions at Harvard. Her scholarly work focuses on epistemology, philosophy of art, and philosophy of science. She is the author of Considered Judgment (1996), Between the Absolute and the Arbitrary (1997), and With Reference to Reference (1983), and co‐author (with Nelson Goodman) of Reconceptions in Philosophy and Other Arts and Sciences (1988). She is editor of The Philosophy of Nelson Goodman (1997) and co‐editor (with Jonathan Adler) of Philosophical Inquiry (2007).
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