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    Philosophy of education and the later Hellenistic polis

    Gray, Benjamin (2012) Philosophy of education and the later Hellenistic polis. In: Martzavou, P. and Papazarkadas, N. (eds.) Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-classical Polis: Fourth Century BC to Second Century AD. Oxford University Press, pp. 233-253. ISBN 9780199652143.

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    Abstract

    This chapter argues that citizens of later Hellenistic poleis took a much greater and deeper interest than their predecessors in controversies in the philosophy of education. This case is made through close analysis of some later Hellenistic honorary decrees, especially I. Sestos 1, I. Iasos 98, and I. Priene 112. This evidence shows that later Hellenistic citizens took an interest in the psychological processes involved in education, and stressed the importance of habituating citizens through repeated action and of training and perfecting citizens' non-cognitive dispositions. It also shows that these later Hellenistic citizens sought to give a fundamental place to polis structures, institutions and values in educational theory and practice. In both of these cases their ideas closely resemble Aristotelian thinking about education. This resemblance should be seen partly as a product of the volatile social and political circumstances of the later Hellenistic period, which provoked reflection along Aristotelian lines about education as a means of preserving or promoting civic solidarity. But it should probably also be seen as a result of philosophical influence on civic ideology: Aristotelian and other fourth-century thought had had time to diffuse into the mainstream, and some later Hellenistic citizens appear to have engaged directly with philosophical texts and arguments.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Aristotelian thought, citizens, civic solidarity, non-cognitive dispositions, education, philosophy
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Benjamin Gray
    Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 18:20
    Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 18:05
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41584

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