What is Education For?

ED/EDST 1000 3.00

While we often assume that we have answered the question of ‘what is education for’ this course seeks to reconsider the many contested desires, values and aims of education. Drawing on classical and contemporary philosophy and theory we will explore how education is concerned with cultivating ‘the human’ and the possibility of a common world. To wonder again about ‘what education is for’ – in an existential, political and ethical sense – we will ask about the nature of authority, power and freedom, about what justifies and bounds our interactions in education, and about the possibility of fostering the ‘philosophical soul.’