Jules asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 8 months ago

6. What would Kant have to say about the meaning, importance, and purpose of "higher education?"  ?

3 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    Kant lived at a time when there was no Universal Education, & so no Universal higher education.

    The education or higher education that he was therefore referring to must have been rigid & benign, as very much like a small & benign group or club^.

    And a group without virtually ANY self criticism or even external criticism.

    No wonder then he gave its future-&-purpose along with delusions of grandeur..

    & also if j153e is correct then the "canonical truth" he purported for higher education

    must have been for the continuance & furtherance of some religious education also.

    Religious education masked-as-select-Philosophy I would argue.

    ^ & we know with the growing Educational tradition of facts & knowledge AS

       A REAL or Only PART of the particular educator who wrote & recorded such

       knowledge... that we still ASSUME that (that) particular writing has been subject

    to enough or adequate criticism - enough-adequate-criticism to SATISFY THE AUTHORITIES (& the authoritative collaborators say like modern day Wikipedia and all).

    In Kant's time though there was only a very select group who could have done this.

    Too select-a-group in my opinion, to give to Kant any reasonable semblance of

    "critically assessed, authorised importance".

    If he had been a scientist then perhaps that would be different, who knows?

     I would therefore recommend that we be highly critical of any guide or interpretation

    that links Kant's education plans with that of such later teachers like Montessori or the

    child psychologist Jean Piaget (unless & with for example, specified CULTURE differences being outlined & explained by Kant himself..).  

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    He'd say that being handed the answer is not equivalent to receiving an education.

  • j153e
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Kant accepted Rousseau's "Emile" as a guide for education that respects the perspective and developmental stages later confirmed and elaborated on by Dr. Maria Montessori and Jean Piaget.

    Kant continues the notion of a "smooth arc" of human development with "higher education" imparting civilization's accumulative wisdom and hence moral cultivation.

    Kant has an opinion of education being composed of good will, canonical truth, and the curriculum of wisdom as accumulative.

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