Education, Liberal Democracy and Populism: Arguments from Plato, Locke, Rousseau and Mill

1st Edition

David Sullivan

Routledge
October 17, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 192 Pages
ISBN 9781138569294 - CAT# Y382067
Series: Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics

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Summary

Education, Liberal Democracy and Populism: Arguments from Plato, Locke, Rousseau and Mill provides a lucid and critical guide shedding light on the continuing relevance of earlier thinkers to the debates between populists and liberals about the nature of education in democratic societies.

The book discusses the relationship Rousseau and Plato posited between education and society, and contrasts their work with the development of liberal thinking about education from John Locke, and John Stuart Mill’s arguments for a the importance of education to representative democracy. It explores some of the roots of populism and offer a broader perspective from which to assess the questions which populists pose and the answers which liberals offer. The book makes a substantial contribution to the current debate about democracy, by emphasising the central importance of education to political thought and practice, and suggests that only an education system based on liberal democratic principles can offer the possibility of a genuinely free society.

This book is ideal reading for researchers and post graduate students in education, politics, philosophy and history. It will also be of great interest to Educational practitioners and policy makers.

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