R. S. Peters' Normative Conception of Education and Educational Aims


Correspondence: Michael S. Katz, 4080 Villa Vista, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA.
E-mail: mskatz1944@yahoo.com or mskatz1944@gmail.com


This article aims to highlight why R. S. Peters' conceptual analysis of ‘education’ was such an important contribution to the normative field of philosophy of education. In the article, I do the following: 1) explicate Peters' conception of philosophy of education as a field of philosophy and explain his approach to the philosophical analysis of concepts; 2) emphasize several (normative) features of Peters' conception of education, while pointing to a couple of oversights; and 3) suggest how Peters' analysis might be used to reinvigorate a conversation on one central educational aim—that of how we might educate citizens for the 21st century.