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Title: Is R.S. Peters' way of mentioning women in his texts detrimental to philosophy of education? Some considerations and questions
Authors: Lees, Helen E
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Keywords: R.S. Peters
philosophy of education
implicit bias
feminist epistemology
gender equality
progressive education
Issue Date: Nov-2012
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Lees HE (2012) Is R.S. Peters' way of mentioning women in his texts detrimental to philosophy of education? Some considerations and questions, Ethics and Education, 7 (3), pp. 291-302.
Abstract: Discussion in this article considers the unfortunate way R.S. Peters made mention of women when it was pertinent to his argumentation: portraying them, directly or indirectly, as abuse-able (murderable), deficient, aberrant, clueless and inconstant. It is argued that the high profile and esteem within which Peter's texts are held within philosophy of education might be a problem for it as a scholarly mixed gender community. Three issues are considered in relation to current possible bias caused by Peters' presentation of women in his texts: implicit (unconscious) bias against female philosophers of education; a connection between denigration of women's value by Peters and current low status and marginalisation for alternative (progressive) educational ideas; and the extent to which these matters could be invidiously affecting the development of philosophy of education as scholarship and community.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Ethics and Education, Volume 7, Issue 3, 2012, Special Issue: Creating spaces, pp.291-302, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
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