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Philosophy of Education: Two Traditions


reviewed by Howard Woodhouse 1994

coverTitle: Philosophy of Education: Two Traditions
Author(s): Richard Pratte
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0398057788, Pages: , Year:
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The two traditions referred to in the title of this book are the analytic and the normative. Richard Pratte wants to use both philosophical traditions to articulate a view of education as enhancing "reasonableness" and moral awareness, since each can contribute to the individual's freedom to participate in American society (p. 301). By reasonableness, Pratte means the ability to discern good from bad reasoning, make distinctions among different kinds of statements, and generally tidy up our thinking so that students can reason more clearly about moral matters. He analyzes these abilities in the first part of the book, claiming that they are a "bag of tricks" (p. xxiii) or a set of "reasoning techniques" (p. xix) to be taught to students so that they can move on to a consideration of "the bag of virtues" (p. xxiii) that comprise morality. This account of reasoning as a set of discrete skills that can be transferred from one context or discipline to another undermines Pratte's belief that the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 95 Number 3, 1994, p. 426-429
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 133, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 8:18:05 AM

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