PHIL 208 Philosophy of Education: DuBois versus Washington

Last offered Spring 2014

At the beginning of the last century Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois engaged in a great debate about the nature of education. Their dispute raised some of the deepest questions in philosophy: consequentialism versus deontology, the goals of happiness versus dignity, long term versus short term goals, and more. We will begin with Washington's classic article "Industrial Education for the Negro" and DuBois' classic "The Talented Tenth". We will continue with J. S. Mill's Utilitarianism and Kant's Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, considering these books as works in the philosophy of education. We will read the great 20th century philosopher who saw education as the foundation of democracy: John Dewey. We will also study contemporary philosophers who have written on education, such as Martha Nussbaum and Cornel West.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: short papers, longer final paper
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Philosophy majors and Africana Studies concentrators, then sophomores, then first-years
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 3449
PHIL 208 SEM Philosophy of Education Division 2: Social Studies Steven B. Gerrard
PHIL 208 SEM Philosophy of Education Division 2: Social Studies Steven B. Gerrard
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