Siegel’s Educational Ideal and Non-instrumental Philosophical Practice
Outlines of the Siegel Landscape
Harvey Siegel is an acclaimed philosopher of education, editor of one of the handbooks of the field (Oxford, 2009, reviewed in this journal by Peter Davson-Galle in 2014), and coauthor of the entry on the philosophy of education in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2008, 2013). He is well versed in contemporary epistemology and philosophy of education and is a well-known author for readers of Science & Education. Siegel gradually developed and explicated his views in over 100 journal articles, 17 of which are republished in the volume, with slight modification and a three-and-a-half-page Introduction.
Many of the essays touch on issues of epistemology and rationality, and some of these will be addressed below, but the most important take-home message for educators is that the (arguably) preeminent educational ideal is critical thinking. Arguing for it is less prominent in this volume than in other essay collections, as here the ideal is more or...
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