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Title: Hegel's philosophy of education : a re-examination
Author: Walwyn, Peter Frederick
ISNI:       0000 0001 3558 3013
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1986
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The thesis is that G W F Hegel's 'The Phenomenology of Mind' offers a paradigmatic account of subjective experience that can be used as an explanatory principle in educational theory and practice. This paradigm is most helpful in (a) providing an intrinsically valuable account of the educational process and (b) providing important insights into issues in contemporary education. The starting point of the argument is a critique in which much contemporary educational theory is demonstrated to display a one-sided conception of personhood or subjectivity mainly due to Kantian and Wittgensteinian influences. It is then suggested that the concept of subjectivity in 'The Phenomenology of Mind' offers a more fruitful account of the Self. The philosophical and educational fruitfulness of this notion is then developed in relation to five broad areas. (a) The nature of the educational experience. (b) The Self as a desiring being. (c) The alienated Self. (d) The education of the Self through work. (e) The importance of recognition for the educated Self. This entire development depends upon a clarification of the problems of method and content inherent in 'The Phenomenology of Mind'. Within these broad areas particular issues are examined such as a feminist critique of liberal education, child-centred education, the pragmatic attitude, the love of truth, the relationship between work and education, individuality and the importance of the corporate for education, and the profundity of the educational process in the life of the human subject.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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