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Practice and Theory in Systems of Education

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What does it Mean to Educate?

Imre Knausz
Published Online: 2016-08-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ptse-2016-0007


This paper focuses on the most abstract and most boring question of pedagogy or, as I prefer to call my field of interest, the theory of pedagogy. My aim is to try to rehash and re-pose this question – maybe even answer it? In this regard, Ottó Mihály advises us to be careful; in the preface to his notes on the philosophy of pedagogy he asserts that we do not know what educating is but we know that there exist “various valid and eligible answers” to this question.

Keywords: pedagogy; teaching; philosophy of education; theory of pedagogy


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Received: 2015-04-04

Accepted: 2015-07-17

Published Online: 2016-08-19

Published in Print: 2016-02-01

Citation Information: Practice and Theory in Systems of Education, ISSN (Online) 1788-2591, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ptse-2016-0007.

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© 2016 Imre Knausz, published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

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