Grey Wisdom?
Grey Wisdom?
Philosophical Reflections on Conformity and Opposition between Generations
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Table of Contents - 6 Preface - 8 1. On the value of thinking about goods and values in education - 10 2. Searching for the good concerning education. Response to Doret de Ruyter - 26 3. The changing structure of scholarly communication in educational science - 32 4. The discontinuous development of scientific disciplines: Some remarks on scholarly authorship. Response to Raf Vanderstraeten - 48 5. On the shoulders of giants - 54 6. On the grounds of arguments. Response to Christopher Winch - 76 7. Education, history, and human nature - 82 8. Education from the inside and the outside. Response to Jan Bransen - 100 9. The student Klaus Mann. Betwixt and between individualism and "generation-unit" - 106 10. The constitution of the subject and the possibility of critique. Response to Brita Rang - 126 11. The contingency of scholarly development across generations - 132 List of contributors - 140

Roel van Goor, Ernst Mulder (eds)

Grey Wisdom?

Philosophical Reflections on Conformity and Opposition between Generations

Should ‘new’ generations act in conformity with, or in opposition to ‘older’ generations? This can be regarded as a central question in the philosophical study of education. This question has practical implications. Should it be our main concern to initiate children into our traditions, or should we foster what is new and unique in every child? But it also has a meta-theoretical side to it. Obviously, scholars stand on the shoulders of their predecessors. But should they aim at carrying on an academic school of thought, or should they try to initiate a new one?

This book, which includes contributions by authors from several countries, covers a range of topics that extends across different aspects of the central question. Because most contributions are accompanied by a critical response from a scholar belonging to a ‘different academic generation’, the problem of the relation between generations is also reflected in the design of the book.

Roel van Goor

Roel van Goor is a teacher and researcher at Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. After completing a degree in physical education, he studied both education and philosophy of the social sciences, and finished a master in philosophy of education at the University of Amsterdam.

Ernst Mulder

Ernst Mulder is a historial of education at the University of Amsterdam. He has a special interest in the history of social and behavioral sciences.