Philosophy of Education (2009/2010)

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Daniele Loro
Daniele Loro
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Sem. 2B dal Apr 19, 2010 al Jun 6, 2010.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims to show how the educational and pedagogical practice needs a theoretical consideration of philosophical nature. Indeed, we cannot think the educator needs only a technical, psychological and social training; he needs moreover to became able of thinking about education in an autonomous and critical way, that is free and responsible. The educator who is aware of this priority, feels obliged to recognise his preparation must run on different and complementary cultural levels. Some of these levels may have more acting aspects, others may appear more abstract and less functional.
Based on that general purpose, the course intends to achieve three formative objectives, related to the three parts into which it is divided:
(1)general part: themes, problems, concepts that are essential to learn and think of education from the philosophical point of view;
(2)monographic part: the value of experience, as the point of fundamental reference for the educational practice and the pedagogical thinking;
(3)personal investigation: deep thinking on the view of man and on his task in life, as it emerges from the classical philosophical ancient thought, and evaluate its application nowadays.


The course will deal with the following topics:
(1a) why we have a philosophical approach to education;
(1b) the essence of “thinking” and its dialogical nature;
(1c) the role of philosophy of education among the education sciences;
(1d) some of the philosophical problems that put education into question: the person - the truth;
(2a) education like experience, according to J. Dewey;
(2b) education like experience, according to Guardini;
(2c) comparing two philosophical and pedagogical views on the theme of experience.
The personal study must deal with the following contents:
(3a) life as becoming;
(3b) the duty to live as a man;
(3c) the art of being good.

Texts for the exam
Mandatory for everybody:
(1) D. Loro, Fondamenti di filosofia dell’educazione. Dispensa 2009-2010 ( The “dispensa” will be available at the end of the course by the cartoleria Ateneo, Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 37).
(2) C. M. Fedeli, L’educazione come esperienza. Il contributo di J. Dewey e di R. Guardini alla pedagogia del Novecento, Roma, ed. Aracne, 2008.
(3) Marco Aurelio, La libertà interiore, Milano, ed. Mondadori, 2007.

Teaching methods
Lessons will be frontal in the main, with the possibility to intervene with questions and short debates related to the themes of the day.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of a three-hour written text. It consists of 6 open questions, of descriptive, summarising, argumentative type. Students can have a further integrating oral examination, if they wish, upon agreement with the teacher on the way and time of the task.