Philosophy Essay Prize

2017 Topic: Philosophy and Education

The 1960s saw the birth of philosophy of education, in contrast to earlier studies of educational philosophies. While it soon became a specialist sub-field its origins are due to the interest taken by mainstream philosophers in issues about teaching and learning. A. Flew, D. Hamlyn, R. Hepburn, J. Hospers, M. Oakeshott, R. Peters, I. Scheffler and others brought social and political philosophy, philosophical psychology, epistemology, and aesthetics to bear on educational topics and thereby established a new nexus of theoretical and practical philosophy. Fifty years on what can contemporary philosophy offer to thinking about aspects of education? Essays addressing this question are invited from a variety of perspectives. Topics might include the development of knowledge, the nature of learning, the formation of character, the aims of education, the social role of educational institutions, and schooling and social engineering.

In assessing entries priority will be given to originality, clarity of expression, breadth of interest, and potential for advancing discussion. All entries will be deemed to be submissions to Philosophy and more than one may be published. In exceptional circumstances the prize may be awarded jointly in which case the financial component will be divided, but the aim is to select a single prize-winner.

Entries should be prepared in line with standard Philosophy guidelines for submission (see http://royalinstitutephilosophy.org/publications/philosophy-information-for-authors/). They should be submitted electronically in Word, with PRIZE ESSAY in the subject heading, to assistant@royalinstitutephilosophy.org.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 2nd October 2017. 

Entries will be considered by a committee of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and the winner announced by the end 2017.  The winning entry will be published in Philosophyin April 2018.