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In Defense of the Philosophy of Education


by Mortimer J. Adler — 1942

The reason why a volume of this sort can come into being is that there exists a variety of doctrines about education, among which there are many apparent oppositions. If all the oppositions were only apparent, and not real, then there would be perfect agreement in the field of educational philosophy. No one supposes that to be the case. There are real disagreements and we are obligated to do something about them. Now I say that to regard these real disagreements as merely differences of opinion—each 'thinker' entitled to his own—is to do absolutely nothing about them. If the contributors to this volume regard themselves merely as expressing their several points of view, among which no choice can be made on absolutely objective grounds of truth and falsity, then this symposium is a vicious travesty on the very notion of philosophy of education.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 41, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 43 Number 9, 1942, p. 197-249
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20454, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 10:43:00 PM

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