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The Philosophy of Education Society is pleased to sponsor the annual collections of some of the best work in our field. Each year the Philosophy of Education Society invites its members to submit work for possible inclusion in this collection, and these papers are carefully reviewed by an Editor and Editorial Committee. The refereeing process is anonymous and rigorous; the committee rejects more than half of the essays submitted. Accepted essays are comments upon and returned to their authors for revision. They should be counted as refereed publications.

The essays that are accepted for this annual volume are also presented at the annual meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society. The most highly rated of these papers are scheduled as General Sessions and are identified either as "Distinguished Invited Essays" or "Featured Essays" in the collections. In addition, each volume includes a lead essay from the current President of the society. Within the field of philosophy of education, inclusion in this collection is regarded as a significant scholarly achievement, and identification as a Featured Essay is a special honor. Authors typically do not seek republication of a piece once it has been published in this volume. Because submitted essays are subject to a rigorous screening process, because they are revised both before and after the conference, the Philosophy of Education annual collection represents something quite different from a typical conference "proceedings."

Accompanying every primary paper is an invited response. Respondents are selected on the basis of their acknowledged expertise on the topic of the primary paper. The respondent's task is to undertake an analysis and critique of that paper with the purpose of advancing its ideas and arguments. These responses themselves are carefully worked out manuscripts; they are not merely typed up "comments" from the conference session. This dialectical structure of primary paper and response is fundamental to the way in which our field views the advancement of knowledge, and a great deal of emphasis is placed on having responses of high quality so that each contributor truly gains from and adds to the other.

From this long and rigorous process of criticism and review, the papers finally accepted for these volumes take shape. They represent a sample of the very best in philosophical discourse about educational issues, including the cutting edg, emergent perspectives that are shaping the field for the future.


We recommend the following citation style for articles found at this site, adapted from Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed.

  • author's name
  • title of the article, in quotation marks
  • title and year, Philosophy of Education 19xx
  • publication information
Walter Feinberg, "The Goals of Multicultural Education: A Critical Re-evaluation," in Philosophy of Education 1996 (Urbana, Ill.: Philosophy of Education Society, 1995).

Editor In Chief
Nicholas C. Burbules

Managing Editor
Joyce Atkinson


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ISSN: 8756-6575