Philosophy education and human freedom

Gokalp N.

Cyprus International Conference on Educational Research (CY-ICER), CYPRUS, 8 - 11 February 2012, vol.47, pp.477-479 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 47
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.06.683
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.477-479
  • Keywords: Philosophy education, freedom, education, philosophical thinking, morality
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


In the broadest sense education can be defined as the process of developing and completing of human being. It is essential to train individuals as using the information in the form of the original synthesis. The aim of education is to provide the appropriat e conditions to people for maintaining themselves as a whole. On the other hand freedom which is the condition of supervision, regulation and self-determination, can be defined as the human capacity to act (or not to act) as we choose or prefer, without any external compulsion or restraint. Freedom in this sense is usually regarded as a presupposition of moral responsibility: the actions for which I may be praised or blamed, rewarded or punished, are just those which I perform freely. Freedom as a right is inherent, inalienable and undeniable. Individual and social problems arise during the use of this right. Philosophy education can be a solution for solving these problems. For this reason, attention should be given to philosophy education in each period of training. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd.