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What Do Philosophers of Education Do?: (And How Do They Do It?)



What Do Philosophers of Education Do?: (And How Do They Do It?)

Claudia Ruitenberg (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-33297-1 May 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 168 Pages


This volume of essays demonstrates and comments on philosophical methods in educational research.
  • Offers a clear picture of what philosophers do when they study education
  • Brings together a series of essays from an international cast of contributors from Canada, UK, Finland, and Cyprus
  • Examines a range of new and established philosophical methods which can be used in educational research
  • Demonstrates how philosophy of education can be understood methodologically
  • Draws from both Continental and Analytical traditions
  • Fills a gap in the research methods literature in education and the social sciences

Notes on Contributors vii

Foreword ix
Paul Standish

1 Introduction: The Question of Method in Philosophy of Education 1
Claudia Ruitenberg

2 The Strict Analysis and the Open Discussion 10
Katariina Holma

3 ‘Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better’: Dialectical Argument in Philosophy of Education 24
Daniel Vokey

4 Education and Selfhood: A Phenomenological Investigation 41
Michael Bonnett

5 Examples as Method? My Attempts to Understand Assessment and Fairness (in the Spirit of the Later Wittgenstein) 54
Andrew Davis

6 Witnessing Deconstruction in Education: Why Quasi-Transcendentalism Matters 73
Gert Biesta

7 Under the Name of Method: On Jacques Rancie` re’s Presumptive Tautology 87
Charles Bingham

8 Distance and Defamiliarisation: Translation as Philosophical Method 103
Claudia Ruitenberg

9 Between the Lines: Philosophy, Text and Conversation 118
Richard Smith

10 Method, Philosophy of Education and the Sphere of the Practico-Inert 131
Marianna Papastephanou

Index 150

"The book is a welcome addition to the study of method in educational research. It provides an explanation of the place and purpose of philosophy as a tool for educational research. Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections." (Choice, 1 May 2011)