Frieda Heyting, Christopher Winch (edited by), Conformism and Critique in Liberal Society, Series: Journal of Philosophy of Education, Blackwell Publishing, Incorporated, Oxford, uscito in: USA (Oct 1 2005), Rest of World (Sep 2005), Australia (Nov 2005), pagine 240, $ 34.95 US/Canada, 19.99 Europe/Rest of World, A$ 65.95 Australia/New Zealand

The role of critique in education receives intense scrutiny in philosophy of education, both in Europe and in North America. This volume, which includes contributions from authors in nine different countries, brings together a range of contrasting European and Anglophone perspectives on this issue motivated by a concern for social justice and improvement in education. The book covers a range of topics that extend across different aspects of educational critique, including negative critique, critique and relativism, critique and utopianism, the limits of critique, and the idea that critique contains the seeds of a self-limiting orthodoxy. The pairing of each of the main chapters with companion pieces that engage critically with them not only deepens the reflective impact of the separate arguments but also strengthens the coherence of the book as a whole.

This internationally-authored and edited book contains a wide-ranging examination of the role of critique in education in liberal democracies.

  • Motivated by a concern for social justice and improvement in education.

  • International in focus, containing contributions from authors in nine different countries.

  • Covers topics such as negative critique, critique and relativism, critique and utopianism, and the limits of critique.

  • Brings out the contrasts and similarities between European and Anglophone treatments of these issues.

  • Structured in a debate format, so that each chapter is paired with a piece that engages critically with it.

Frieda Heyting and Christopher Winch:The Role of Critique in Philosophy of Education: its Subject Matter and its Ambiguities; Helmut Heid:The Domestication of Critique: Problems of Justifying the Critical in the Context of Educationally Relevant Thought and Action; Claudia Ruitenberg: Don't Fence Me In: the Liberation of Undomesticated Critique; Jan Masschelein: How to Conceive of Critical Educational Theory Today?; Marianna Papastephanou: Educational Critique, Critical Thinking and the Critical Philosophical Tradition; Jörg Ruhloff: Problematising Critique in Pedagogy; Stefan Ramaekers: Problematising Critique in Education and Child-Rearing: Ruhloff's Scepticism; Dietrich Benner and Andrea English: Critique and Negativity: Towards the Pluralisation of Critique in Educational Practice, Theory and Research; Rosa Nidia Buenfil Burgos: Negativity: a Disturbing Constitutive Matter in Education; Michele Borrelli:The Utopianisation of Critique: the Tension between Education Conceived as a Utopian Concept and as one Grounded in Empirical Reality; Judith Suissa: Borrelli, Mill, Emily and Me; Christopher Winch: Developing Critical Rationality as a Pedagogical Aim; Christiane Thompson: What are the Bounds of Critical Rationality in Education?; Frieda Heyting: Relativism and the Critical Potential of Philosophy of Education; Jane Green: Critique, Contextualism and Consensus.

Frieda Heyting is Professor of Philosophy and History of Education at the University of Amsterdam. She has written mainly on epistemological issues and socio-philosophical issues within the philosophy of education. She is currently working on interpretations of dependency and participation in educational theory and philosophy.
Christopher Winch is Reader in Educational Policy and Management at King's College, London. He has taught in primary schools in England, has written numerous books and articles in many areas of the philosophy of education and has interests in the theory of learning, in language and education, and in vocational education.