This book takes the thinking of Quentin Skinner, Philip Pettit
and J.G.A. Pocock on republican liberty and explores the way in
which this idea of liberty can be used to illuminate educational
practice. It argues that republican liberty is distinct from both
positive and negative liberty, and its emphasis on liberty as
non-dependency gives the concept of liberty a particularly critical
role in contemporary society.
Each chapter formulates and expounds the idea that an empire of
liberty requires the existence of what are termed liberty-bearing
agents, and shows how education with a particular emphasis on
knowledge is needed to foster the human powers which allow people
to become liberty-bearing. It is also emphasised, however, that
republican liberty is non-perfectionist and non-eudaimonic: the
core values enshrined in an empire of liberty centre on
non-dependency rather than the promulgation of a certain way of
life. Drawing on prominent seventeenth century contract theorists,
the link between liberty and authority is explained, suggesting
that appropriate authoritative structures need to underpin the
provision of education, and especially schooling, if educational
practice devoted to the pursuit of liberty is to flourish."
Liberty and Education" will be of value to both educational
theorists unfamiliar with republican theory, as well as republican
theorists interested in how their theory might play out in
education. It will also be of interest to researchers and students
from the fields of politics and the philosophy of education."
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