Wednesday Lunch Hour - Education and the Human Good

Randall Curren, Professor of Philosophy and Education, Chair of the Department of Philosophy

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Dewey Hall 1-305
Educators have believed for millennia that being educated has inherent value, yet most people today, including many teacher-educators, discuss education in overwhelmingly instrumental terms. The task of education, they say, is to confer (instrumentally) useful skills and understanding – economically useful skills, understandings required of citizens in a pluralistic democracy, pedagogical skills needed in order to teach well, etc. How would one even defend the idea that being educated is non-instrumentally or inherently good for people? This presentation suggests how it may be possible to do so on the basis of a collaboration between philosophy and psychology in understanding what is good for people in general.

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