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The Hazard Called Education by Joseph Agassi

Essays, Reviews, and Dialogues on Education from Forty-Five Years

  • Editors
  • Ronald Swartz
  • Sheldon Richmond

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvi
  2. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 3-16
    3. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 17-23
    4. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 25-35
    5. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 37-40
    6. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 41-46
    7. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 47-50
    8. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 63-71
    9. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 73-80
    10. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 81-88
  3. Application

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 91-105
    3. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 107-130
    4. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 131-138
    5. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 139-147
    6. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 157-167
    7. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 169-182
  4. Social Criticism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 185-196
    3. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 197-199
    4. Ronald Swartz, Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 201-205
    5. Sheldon Richmond
      Pages 207-214
    6. Joseph Agassi
      Pages 215-219
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-223

About this book

Introduction

Joseph Agassi is known primarily among fellow academics as an exemplary historian and philosopher of science; an ardent critic and disciple of Karl Popper; a critical admirer of the work of Michael Polanyi; and a Socratic fly with the “sting of a bee” for all those who wear the intellectual fashions of the day. To most of Agassi’s students he is known primarily as an exemplary model of the Socratic teacher. The question of most urgency for educators today who care about the intellectual development of students is: How do we make ready our educational institutions for more Socratic teachers? The philosophical or theoretical question is: Why do we want Socratic teachers? In outline, of the many of Agassi’s educational essays selected for this book, Agassi answers those questions: authoritarianism (or anti-democracy) blocks the democratic reform of educational institutions where Socratic teachers and students could find a safe haven; and, Socratic teaching is the main anti-dote to authoritarianism. The removal of authoritarianism from education also removes the hazard that education has become to students; to their happiness, creativity, and dignity as autonomous individuals.

 

Keywords

Popper Socratic taechers philosophy of science

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