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The Demands of Liberal Education

Meira Levinson


Develops a liberal political theory of children's education provision. It argues that all children have a right to an autonomy‐promoting education, and that this right is best satisfied through a state‐regulated ‘detached school’ that aims to help children develop their capacities for autonomy. Parents have the privilege to direct their children's upbringing in substantial and pervasive ways, but they do not have the right to prevent their children from developing the capacity for autonomy. There are nonetheless ways to encourage parental involvement and permit school choice. Although politica ... More

Keywords: autonomy, children's rights, civic virtue, education, liberal education, liberal political theory, liberalism, perfectionism, political liberalism, school choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250448
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199250448.001.0001


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Meira Levinson, author
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