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The Formation of Reason

Cover for "The Formation of Reason" by Queen's professor, researcher, and philosopher, Dr. David BakhurstIn this book, I utilize ideas from philosopher John McDowell to develop and defend a socio-historical account of the human mind. This book provides the first detailed examination of the relevance of John McDowell's work to the Philosophy of Education. It draws from a wide-range of philosophical sources, including the work of 'analytic' philosophers Donald Davidson, Ian Hacking, Peter Strawson, David Wiggins, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. It considers non-traditional ideas from Russian philosophy and psychology, represented by Ilyenkov and Vygotsky, and discusses foundational philosophical ideas in a method that reveals their relevance to educational theory and practice. (Read More)