Is it Possible to Live a Philosophical, Educational Life in Education, Nowadays?
Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Author. Journal compilation © 2012 Journal of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
Journal of Philosophy of Education
Volume 46, Issue 3, pages 397–413, August 2012
How to Cite
Griffiths, M. (2012), Is it Possible to Live a Philosophical, Educational Life in Education, Nowadays?. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 46: 397–413. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2012.00861.x
- Issue published online: 7 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 13 AUG 2012
I consider if and how far it is possible to live an educational philosophical life, in the fast-changing, globalised world of Higher Education. I begin with Socrates’ account of a philosophical life in the Apology. I examine some tensions within different conceptions of what it is to do philosophy. I then go on to focus more closely on what it might be to live a philosophical, educational life in which educational processes and outcomes are influenced by philosophy, using examples taken from published sources and from conversational interviews with philosophers carried out by myself with Kenneth Wain, Bas Levering and Richard Pring. I then outline the directions of current European policy for Higher Education. Finally I discuss how far current policies and trends leave room for doing philosophy of education, concluding that it is possible, but only for individuals who are very much in sympathy with current policy trends or who are creative in constructing smoke screens.