Creating Citizens: Political Education and Liberal Democracy

Paperback | April 8, 2004

byEamonn Callan

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Oxford Political Theory presents the best new work in contemporary political theory. It is intended to be broad in scope, including original contributions to political philosophy, and also work in applied political theory. The series contains works of outstanding quality with no restrictionas to approach or subject matter. The series editors are Will Kymlicka, David Miller, and Alan Ryan.Any liberal democratic state must honour religious and cultural pluralism in its educational policies. To fail to honour them would betray ideals of freedom and toleration fundamental to liberal democracy. Yet if such ideals are to flourish from one generation to the next, allegiance to thedistinctive values of liberal democracy is a necessary educational end, whose pursuit will constrain pluralism. The problem of political education is therefore to ensure the continuity across generations of the constitutive ideals of liberal democracy, while remaining hospitable to a diversity ofconduct and belief that sometimes threatens those very ideals.Creating Citizens addresses this crucial problem. In lucid and elegant prose, Professor Callan, one of the world's foremost philosophers of education, identifies both the principal ends of civic education, and the rights that limit their political pursuit. This timely study sheds light on some ofthe most divisive educational controversies, such as state sponsorship and regulation of denominational schooling, as well as the role of non-denominational schools in the moral and political development of children.

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Oxford Political Theory presents the best new work in contemporary political theory. It is intended to be broad in scope, including original contributions to political philosophy, and also work in applied political theory. The series contains works of outstanding quality with no restrictionas to approach or subject matter. The series...

Eamonn Callan is a Professor of Education, Stanford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.64 inPublished:April 8, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199270198

ISBN - 13:9780199270194

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Table of Contents

1. Education and the Politics of Virtue2. Pluralism and Political Liberalism3. Autonomy, Justice, and the Good4. Justice, Care, and Community5. Patriotism and Sentimentality6. The Great Sphere and Rights7. Common Schools, Separate Schools8. Virtue, Dialogue, and the Common School9. Conclusion

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`Its argument has obvious relevance to a range of educational settings. Callan's reasoned and dialogical way of writing underpins an honest and disciplined approach to political education in a liberal democracy.'Journal of Moral Education