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Alvin I. Goldman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198238201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198238207.001.0001

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(p.349) Eleven Education
Knowledge in a Social World

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This chapter tackles issues that lie at the intersection of epistemology and the philosophy of education. In keeping with the veritistic theme, it holds that a primary aim of education is the learning of truths, though this does not mean that teachers should always instruct students rather than allow them to learn independently. The ostensible conflict between multiculturalism and a truth‐oriented aim of education is more appearance than reality. That diverse cultural traditions have diverse values, experiences, and perspectives is itself a truth that needs to be learnt. The role of critical thinking versus trust in education is discussed in detail, given its overlap with the topic of testimony in epistemology.

Keywords:   critical thinking, multiculturalism, testimony, trust, truth

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