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Philosophy of Education: Towards a Practical Philosophy of Educational Practice

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In this chapter, we deal with philosophy of education. Since ancient Greece, philosophers have dealt with educational themes—we first offer some examples of this. We then describe the rise of pedagogy in the nineteenth century, and the philosophy of education in the twentieth century. Subsequently, we focus on the practical philosophical concept of pedagogy as developed by the French educationalist Philippe Meirieu. In doing so, we express the view that health professions educators can learn lessons from his practical philosophical concept of pedagogy. Finally, we describe the similarities between educational and health professions. Today, educational and health professions are informed by a wide field of scientific disciplines. Sciences describe and explain, but do not describe the meaning of what takes place in educational and health care practices, nor what the ultimate purpose of it is. In this chapter, we defend the position that both educational and health professions need philosophy as a clarifying and ‘meaning-producing’ discipline.

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Pols, W., Berding, J. (2022). Philosophy of Education: Towards a Practical Philosophy of Educational Practice. In: Brown, M.E.L., Veen, M., Finn, G.M. (eds) Applied Philosophy for Health Professions Education. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-1512-3_2

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