Special Issue "Epistemology and Education"
A special issue of Education Sciences (ISSN 2227-7102).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2016).
The two fields of philosophy of central importance to education are epistemology (the theory of knowledge) and ethics (the theory of right action). Everybody working in education is concerned with these, even though not all may use the philosophical terms associated with them or read the specialist literature relating to them. Education can be defined in various ways, but few would deny that it entails helping others to develop their understanding.
Epistemology, therefore, covers a range of questions at the heart of the educational debate. How do we know we know something? Do we know something if we can give reasons for it? What is the difference between a reason and a cause? What is the difference between knowledge and belief?
Often, these questions have been pursued in isolation from questions of ethics and from other social concerns. However, in recent years, philosophers have become increasingly interested in social and virtue epistemologies. The former employs sociological perspectives alongside traditional philosophy to explain the growth and decay of knowledge and belief systems. (Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolutions, for example, firmly locates science as a social process operating according to community norms that eventually break down.) The latter sees the growth of knowledge and understanding in terms of the development of character traits. (Curiosity, for example, which Hobbes described as ‘the lust of the mind’, might be regarded as a virtue, and its development as an educational aim.)
It is clear, therefore, that epistemology is a very broad field and that it is of great importance for education. Therefore, much has been written about epistemology and education, though usually in specialist philosophy and theory journals. This Special Issue of Educational Sciences offers a range of new and stimulating approaches to epistemological questions relating to education, written with a broader educational readership in mind.
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