Studies in the Philosophy of Education

Do you have a book concept dealing with Philosophy and Education that you would like to develop?

Philosophy and the philosophical method can productively inform the ways that we look at the practices, policies, and purposes of education, both formal and informal. Connecting philosophy and its intellectual tools to education is a step in the process of developing a philosophy of education that addresses a number of questions that we should all, not just philosophers, think deeply about. What are the purposes of education? What should we teach in schools? How should we teach it? Why should we teach it? To whom should we teach it? As Plato demonstrated, such questions reach across the field to questions of political philosophy, epistemology, ontology, ethics, etc. In these polarizing times of increasing diversity, sustained, deep, cultured reflection -- the way of the philosopher -- is crucial to understanding and even making normative claims about how our societies (should) function and the role of schools toward the transformations we need. Toward this end, this series promotes the application of the skills of the philosophers in analyzing arguments, assessing the status of knowledge claims, exposing assumptions, and making syntheses of ideas from disparate fields, to throw light on all manner of educational challenges and on the validity of the very things they themselves are trying to argue as philosophers.

Sole, multi-authored, and edited volumes will all be considered for publication in the Studies in the Philosophy of Education series. Information Age combines the rigor you expect with the freedom you need to develop your philosophical project. As you peruse the pages of Information Age, you will certainly recognize many of the people who have published with us: Gene v Glass, Regents Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University; Tom Popkewitz, Professor, University of Wisconsin; John Portelli, Professor, OISE; Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education, University of Wisconsin; Paul Carr, UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education, among many, many others.

For more information on submitting a proposal, please contact John Petrovic, Series Editor, at 205 348 0465 or petrovic@ua.edu. Or, send directly in the first instance a 3-5 page prospectus. For sole or multi-authored volumes, please include a potential table of contents. For edited volumes, please include a short list of potential contributors.

Series Overview:

The overarching purpose of the “Studies in the Philosophy of Education” series is to extend conversations on the importance of philosophy and the philosophical method in education. Although proposals for all appropriate, philosophic projects as related to K-16 education and research are encouraged, books in this series generally seek to

advance philosophic treatments of educational concerns;

explore points of agreement and difference among different philosophies/philosophers of education;

examine the work of specific philosophies/philosophers and their importance to the advancement of education;

explore the relationships between the philosophy of education and other areas/branches of philosophy (e.g., ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and social philosophy);

consider the relationship among specific branches of philosophy and education; and,

explore and inform through philosophic analyses central concepts in educational policies, pedagogic methods, curricula, and specific practices of schooling.