Philosophy of education and economics: a case for closer engagement

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Relatively little contemporary philosophy of education employs economic concepts directly. Even where issues such as marketisation of education are discussed there may be little clarification of underlying concepts. The paper argues that while much contemporary economic thinking on education may be philosophically naive, it is also the case that philosophy of education can productively engage with particular economic insights and perspectives. The paper examines particular conceptualisations of 'economics' and 'the market', drawing upon these to consider aspects of an issue that is significant for the philosophy of education: human becoming. An example, the notion of 'wellbeing' is briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-283
Number of pages15
JournalJournal Of Philosophy Of Education
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2009
Publication statusPublished - May 2009


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