Philosophers on Education: Six Essays on the Foundations of Western Thought

Philosophers on Education: Six Essays on the Foundations of Western Thought

Philosophers on Education: Six Essays on the Foundations of Western Thought

Philosophers on Education: Six Essays on the Foundations of Western Thought

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The field work for this book was undertaken at two institutions, Yale University and New York State University College of Education at Plattsburgh. Both authors have used the materials embodied in this study for Master of Arts in Teaching courses at Yale. The courses were given at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. In addition, Mr. Lawrence used approximately half of the material in a graduate course in philosophy of education during the summer of 1961 at Plattsburgh.

The chapters on Aristotle and Kant, and the Introduction and Conclusion are of solidly combined authorship. The chapters on Plato and Rousseau are dominantly the work of Mr. Brumbaugh; those on Dewey and Whitehead are largely assignable to Mr. Lawrence.

A book of this sort has many friends and helpers. The list begins with those teachers whose names generally have been forgotten, but whose immortality is secure. These are the teachers who not only teach superbly but also transfer their love of teaching to the next generation. To two who are not nameless this book is dedicated: Anna Trask Lawrence and Aaron John Brumbaugh. Professional encouragement has come from many, not the least of whom are the students who helped to put edge and point to the authors' thinking on educational philosophy. Among philosophers we owe a debt of gratitude to Alburey Castell of the University of Oregon for his insistent enthusiasm for the writing of such a study. Van Cleve Morris of Rutgers University read the entire manuscript with discernment and critical assistance. His careful questions and comments saved us from many obscurities and clumsy state-

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