Beyond Liberal Education: Essays in Honour of Paul H. Hirst

Beyond Liberal Education: Essays in Honour of Paul H. Hirst

Beyond Liberal Education: Essays in Honour of Paul H. Hirst

Beyond Liberal Education: Essays in Honour of Paul H. Hirst

Synopsis

This collection of essays by philosophers and educationalists of international reputation, all published here for the first time, celebrates Paul Hirst's professional career. The introductory essay by Robin Barrow and Patricia White outlines Paul Hirst's career and maps the shifts in his thought about education, showing how his views on teacher education, the curriculum and educational aims are interrelated. Contributions from leading names in British and American philosophy of education cover themes ranging from the nature of good teaching to Wittgensteinian aesthetics. The collection concludes with a paper in which Paul Hirst sets out his latest views on the nature of education and its aims. The book also includes a complete bibliography of works by Hirst and a substantial set of references to his writing.

Excerpt

The essays collected in this volume have all been written specifically for it. They therefore constitute a tribute both to Paul Hirst the man, widely and affectionately esteemed for his civilized mien, good humour, sharp wit and graciousness, and to his work, which has had an extraordinary and extremely important impact on educational thought and practice for the last three decades. Indeed, it is not too much to say that, in conjunction with Richard Peters, his was the dominant voice in English-speaking philosophy of education during the 1960s and 1970s. Nor is it likely that his contribution to educational discourse will have any less relevance in the years to come, since he has always had the happy knack of focusing on fundamental issues of perennial importance. Whether one agrees with it or not, in whole or in part, his work on religious and moral education, the nature of knowledge, curriculum and, more recently, teacher education, consistently raises arguments and ideas that will always need to be given serious attention.

While the remainder of this introduction will provide a more detailed consideration of the pattern of Professor Hirst’s personal career and scholarly development, as well as summarise the focus of the various contributions, it is appropriate to say at the outset that for many people his personality and role as a leader in his professional field have been of equal importance to his scholarly contribution. a Festchrift is not always an easy task to undertake, but in this case the task was made easier by the evident enthusiasm and respect for its subject that all contributors feel, even when, as is often the case, they are at issue with the substance of some part of Hirst’s work.

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