Journal of East China Normal University(Educationa ›› 2018, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (2): 79-86+156.doi: 10.16382/j.cnki.1000-5560.2018.02.009

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The Essence and Practice of Analytic Philosophy of Education: From a Personal Teaching Point of View

DAN Jau-wei   

  1. Department of Education, University of Taipei, Taipei, China
  • Online:2018-04-20 Published:2018-03-22

Abstract: This paper starts with the author's reflection on his teaching of Philosophy of Education in un-dergraduate courses. He confesses that his teaching, modelled on analytic philosophy of education, has not been very successful by any standard. He therefore tries to trace out the possible reasons for his failure. The author maintains that the essential characteristics of philosophical activities, characterized by the tackling of fundamental issues, dialogues and arguments, are the main reasons for students' unwillingness to approach philosophy of education. Moreover, he argues that Western philosophy in general, or analytic philosophy in particular is rather difficult for Chinese students. He hence suggests that good works which can manifest the essence of analytic philosophy of education in Chinese should be the main teaching materials for the under-graduate course of Philosophy of Education.

Key words: analytic philosophy of education, R.S.Peters, Paul Hirst