Philosophy of Education I: The Ancient and Medieval World
Term: Fall 2019
Location: Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church
Office hours: by appointment only
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Education is a charged word, in one moment appealing and virtuous and in another sinister and tempestuous. One man may hold it lightly and extend it as a healing and salvific olive branch to his neighbor, while another man clings to it as his only weapon in fierce political warfare. Informally, education is something that has happened to each of us and something we all do; it is as abundant and necessary, and yet as unremarkable, as the air we breathe. Formally, education has gone through many mutations and sought to wed many ideologies. What then is education? What is a Christian philosophy and practice of education? In what way does Christian doctrine and practice allow us to better understand the history and philosophy of education, especially in the West? How can a study in the history and philosophy of education allow us to have clearer eyes to solve modern problems in education? This course is the first in a six-part sequence which seeks to understand the historical context, philosophical influences, social distinctions, and theological claims of education throughout western tradition. Join us as we read together the leading voices of the time and consider how the Ancient and Medieval eras understood learning, children, society, ethics, and the good life.