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Debating Education: Is There a Role for Markets?

Harry Brighouse and David Schmidtz


Debating Education puts two leading scholars in conversation with each other on the subject of education—specifically, what role, if any, markets should play in policy reform. Each advances nuanced arguments and responds to the other, presenting contrasting views on education as a public good. One author argues on behalf of a market-driven approach, making the case that educational opportunities do not need to be equal in order to be good. The ideal of education is not equally preparing students to win a race but maximally preparing each student to make a contribution. The other focuses on ine ... More

Keywords: education, markets, capitalism, policy reform, public good, equality, inequality, justice, regulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199300945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199300945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Brighouse, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

David Schmidtz, author
Kendrick Professor of Philosophy, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Arizona