Education, Learning and Freedom

Hinchliffe, Geoffrey (2017) Education, Learning and Freedom. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 51 (2). pp. 430-442. ISSN 0309-8249

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This paper takes as its starting point Kant’s analysis of freedom in the Critique of Pure Reason. From this analysis, two different types of freedom are discerned, formative and instrumental freedom. The paper suggests that much of what passes for the pedagogy of learning in UK universities takes the form of an instrumental freedom. This, however, involves the neglect of formative freedom – the power to put learning to question. An emancipatory concept of education requires that formative freedom lies at the heart of the educative endeavour, to which learning must be seen as secondary. The proposal of the two types of freedom is based on a relatively detailed consideration Kant’s Critique – this is necessary in order to ensure that the concepts of instrumental and formative freedom have a credible philosophical basis.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Higher Education and Society
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 05:04
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 02:17
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9752.12234


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