Three Educational Orientations: A Peircean Perspective on Education and the Growth of the Self
The theme of growth is amongst the most important and pervasive themes in the philosophy of Charles Peirce. This paper offers a synthesized account of the Peircean self drawn from his various discussions of the growth of ideas and then presents three educational orientations which, in turn, tend to foster or frustrate this growth. It concludes that the growth of the student depends significantly upon the ends or intent of the educator and upon an appropriate mean between freedom and constraint in the educational context. A commitment to such an orientation is taken to be a form of resistance to the narrowing ends of business-minded educational institutions.
Ventimiglia, Michael. “Three Educational Orientations: A Peircean Perspective on Education and the Growth of the Self.” Studies in Philosophy and Education 24 (2005): 291-308.