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History and Philosophy of Education

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 9:30am

Cohen Hall 392

The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce a colloquium by Derrick Darby (Michigan) next Friday 23rd October, 3-5pm. Professor Darby will speak on Ideology, Inequality, and Injustice in Education. There will also be a workshop on the History and Philosophy of Education on Saturday and Sunday, 24-25th October. The program is below. Both events are open to all.


The Philosophy and History of Education

Philosophy Department Colloquium

Friday 23rd October, 3-5pm

Cohen Hall 402

Derrick Darby (University of Michigan)

Ideology, Inequality, and Injustice in Education

What, if anything, is wrong with student tracking? I argue that considering the ideological origins of the racial achievement gap, which are rooted in the belief familiar to readers of Hume, Kant, and Jefferson that blacks are inferior to whites in intellect, supports a normative criticism of this contemporary K-12 educational practice.


Reception to follow

Workshop on the History and Philosophy of Education

Saturday 24th October to Sunday 25th October

Cohen Hall 392




Coffee and breakfast on site



Marguerite Deslaurier (Department of Philosophy, McGill University, Canada)

Nature and Custom in the Education of Women: Mario Equicola (1470-1525) and Marie de Gournay (1565-1645)



Lisa Shapiro (Department of Philosophy, Simon Fraser University, Canada)

Learning from experience: Why getting the metaphysics right matters



Group discussion of media outreach project



Lunch on site



Charlotte Sabourin (Department of Philosophy, McGill University, Canada)

A Family Guided by Reason: Spinoza on Education



Eric Schliesser (Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and BOF Research Professor, Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium)

Cultivating the Natural Sentiment: De Grouchy on the Institutions of Education



Student works-in-progress seminar




Coffee and breakfast on site



Jeppe von Platz (Department of Philosophy, Suffolk University, USA)

A Savage Made: The Aims and Methods of Rousseau's Negative Education



Martina Reuter (University Lecturer, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

Rousseau, Macaulay and Wollstonecraft on Negative Education



Gideon Dishon (Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Fulfilling the Rousseauian fantasy: Video games as natural education



Lunch on site; continuation of student works-in-progress seminar as needed


We are grateful for funding provided by the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania, The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, the University Research Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Provost for Faculty’s Excellence Through Diversity Fund at the University of Pennsylvania.