PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
Nicholas C. Burbules
ASKING THE QUESTION: ‘WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION?’
An essay on the topic ‘philosophy of education’ might be expected to begin with a simple definition of the subject, followed by a delineation of its major branches of thought. Several writers have undertaken such a project in recent years (Chambliss, 1996; Ericson, 1992; Noddings, 1995; Phillips, 1994; Senchuk, 1995; Smeyers, 1994; Smeyers and Marshall, 1995). In reading these accounts, one finds that a central theme is the essentially contested status of what philosophy of education is (a point illustrated, much earlier on, in the collection What Is Philosophy of Education?, edited by Christopher Lucas in 1969). Indeed, proposing and ...