Kant and Education
Interpretations and Commentary
Edited by Klas Roth, Chris W. Surprenant
Routledge – 2012 – 234 pages
Immanuel Kant’s moral philosophy, political philosophy, and philosophy of judgement have been and continue to be widely discussed among many scholars. The impact of his thinking is beyond doubt and his ideas continue to inspire and encourage an on-going dialogue among many people in our world today. Given the historical and philosophical significance of Kant’s moral, political, and aesthetic theory, and the connection he draws between these theories and the appropriate function and methodology of education, it is surprising that relatively little has been written on Kant’s contribution to education theory.
Recently, however, internationally recognized Kant scholars such as Paul Guyer, Manfred Kuehn, Richard Velkley, Robert Louden, Susan Shell, and others have begun to turn their attention to Kant’s writings on education and the role of education in cultivating moral character. Kant and Education: Interpretations and Commentary has gathered these scholars together with the aim of filling this perceived void in Kant scholarship. All of the essays contained within this volume will examine either Kant’s ideas on education through an historical analysis of his texts; or the importance and relevance of his moral philosophy, political philosophy, and/or aesthetics in contemporary education theory (or some combination).
Introduction: The Highest Good—the Moral Endeavor of Education, Klas Roth and Chris W. Surprenant 1. Kant’s Contribution to Moral Education, Chris W. Surprenant 2. Kant and Rousseau on Moral Education, Joseph R. Reisert 3. Rousseau, Kant, and the Pedagogy of Deception, Phillip Scuderi 4. "Not a Slow Reform, but a Swift Revolution": Kant and Basedow on the Need to Transform Education, Robert B. Louden 5. Kant on Education, Anthropology, and Ethics, Manfred Kuehn 6. Educating through Perplexity: Kant and the German Enlightenment, Richard Velkley 7. Bringing Morality to Appearances: Kant’s Theory of Education, Gary B. Herbert 8. Culture and Paradox in Kant’s Philosophy of Education, Jørgen Huggler 9. Kant’s Invitation to Educational Thinking, Lars Løvlie 10. Examples of Moral Possibility, Paul Guyer 11. Moral Education and the Ideal of Humanity, Richard Dean 12. Enabling the Realization of Humanity: The Anthropological Dimension of Education, Alix Cohen 13. From Discipline to Autonomy: Kant’s Theory of Moral Development, Paul Formosa 14. Kant as Moral Psychologist? James Scott Johnston 15. Kant on the Humanities, Susan Meld Shell 16. Freedom and Autonomy in Knowledge-Based Societies, Klas Roth
Klas Roth is Professor in the Department of Education at Stockholm University, Sweden. His articles, covering topics in philosophy of education, cosmopolitanism and education, and Kant’s practical philosophy, have appeared in a variety of journals including Educational Theory, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Journal of Philosophy of Education, and Philosophy & Social Criticism.
Chris W. Surprenant is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Philosophy at Tulane University. His articles, covering topics in moral philosophy, political philosophy, and educational philosophy, have appeared in a variety of journals including Kantian Review, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and The Journal of Social Philosophy.