PEDERITO A. APARECE, OSA, TEACHING, LEARNING, AND COMMUNITY. An Examination of Wittgensteinian Themes Applied to the Philosophy of Education
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), is a central figure in contemporary and analytic philosophy. His ideas and their influence have been considered to mold the evolution of philosophy from the 1920s. However, it is widely accepted among Wittgensteinian scholars that he expounded no succinct and precise theory regarding the philosophy of education. His interest in the field of education, nonetheless, can be seen in his pedagogical approach to the philosophical problems which he tried to solve. His educational approach to the reality of language provides a convincing motive to investigate into the major philosophical themes: the concepts of meaning as use, rule-following and the idea of philosophy as therapy in correlation to the field of philosophy of education specifically what is considered as the three fundamental factors in education, viz. teaching, learning and community. The overall argument of this study consists of making evident and defending the claim that Wittgenstein’s ideas are valid theoretical foundations for a clarification of the aforementioned educational concepts and that based on this a new perspective of understanding them is offered. Consequently, the claim will ultimately show that Wittgenstein’s ideas are not only confined to the philosophy of language but also significant in and not alien to the philosophy of education.
PEDERITO A. APARECE, OSA, born in 1975, in Cebu, Philippines, was ordained priest in 2001. He obtained his Licentiate degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University of Sto. Tomas, Manila and Doctorate from the Gregorian University, Rome. Currently he is teaching philosophy at the St. Thomas of Villanova Institute of Philosophy, Quezon City, Philippines.
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