John Locke on education

apple-88x50Stephen Hicks discusses John Locke’s views on education, with excerpts from Locke’s Some Thoughts concerning Education. This is from Part 8 of his Philosophy of Education course.

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4 thoughts on “John Locke on education

  • May 24, 2010 at 11:18 pm


    Well said and presented. I’ll borrow one quote and run with it on my blog tomorrow….


  • June 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    First of all, thank you very much for this amazing course! I had been doing some research before I got here and I have a doubt: Why does everywhere else John Locke appears as the founder of empiricism and not realism?


  • June 22, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Hi Ana. Thanks.
    On Locke as realist/empiricist. “Empiricist” is narrower — a concept of epistemology, emphasizing the sensory basis of knowledge. “Realism” is broader — a label for a whole philosophy that is naturalistic in its metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and its view of human nature; typically realist philosophy includes empiricist epistemology.
    Hope that helps.

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