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The Nexus between Philosophy and Philosophy of Education

THE NEXUS BETWEEN PHILOSOPHY AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

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Philosophy of education is at the very centre of the whole educational enterprise. To state the point more clearly, Mango (2011) highlighted that philosophy of education played a central role by being interested in the views of the other foundations, as well as the various methods they used by employing the tools and techniques of philosophy. Buttressing the above, Reid (1972) averred that philosophy of education was the use of philosophical instruments, and the application of philosophical methods to educational questions. It inquires how the results of such philosophical thinking are related to education. This obviously presents philosophy of education as an intelligent thinking about education. Philosophy of education like philosophy itself performs many tasks. The tasks advanced by various philosophers of education as Shaaba (2010) noted, depended on their conception of the aims of education intended.

For instance education for Plato (427 BC-347 BC) aims primarily at political and social cohesion of the nation it serves. Good education promotes the good conduct which in turn breeds peace and concord necessary for building a nation. Analytically, the aim of education from Plato’s philosophical thought is to put a man in the right order, to show him the right path and to instill in him the spirit of dedication towards social stability and cohesion. Certainly, this is achievable only when people are educated according to their talents and natural potentials in the society. Such educative method will lead to the knowledge of different areas of sciences for the development of society. The findings of these different areas of sciences are co-ordinated by philosophy, while philosophy of education interprets such findings as they bear on education. Thus, philosophy of education by using the tool of critical analysis, provides a foundation for the development of a man and his society. From the foregoing, what does development imply for a man who is the central subject matter in education, in philosophy and in philosophy of education?

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The Nexus between Philosophy and Philosophy of Education

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