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Roy Bhaskar

A Theory of Education


  • Contains original material by one of the most important philosophers of the last hundred years

  • Contains an outline of an important and original educational philosophy

  • Contains a critical appraisal of this educational philosophy

  • Addresses a series of key issues such as intentionality, learning and the formation of the self


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education book sub series (BRIEFSKEY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Scott, Roy Bhaskar
    Pages 1-14
  3. David Scott, Roy Bhaskar
    Pages 15-28
  4. David Scott, Roy Bhaskar
    Pages 29-41
  5. David Scott, Roy Bhaskar
    Pages 43-46
  6. David Scott, Roy Bhaskar
    Pages 61-74
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 75-82

About this book


This book provides an account of an original educational philosophy, developed by one of the most significant philosophers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Roy Bhaskar. Though he directed his attention to wider matters than education, his philosophy has implications for the way we can understand how the world is structured and in turn how we can transform it to accommodate a desire for a better arrangement of resources for human well-being. It is thus both a theory of mind and world, and, in addition, a theory of education. Roy Bhaskar’s philosophy has a view on the following important matters: intentionality, agential capacity, materialism, the possibility of describing and changing the world, progression, education and the lifecourse, essentialism and human nature, pedagogy, knowledge and knowledge-development, the formation of the self, curricular aims and objectives, being with other people, the self in the learning process, the relationship between the self (or agency) and the environment, stratification, emergence, representation and its different modes, structures and mechanisms, the dialectic, and criticality.


Auto-ethnography Auto-reflexive educational theory Auto-reflexivity Auto-regulation Critical Realism Meta-reality Meta-theory Metatheory Roy Bhaskar

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University College London, Institute of EducationLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University College of London, Institute of EducationLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Roy Bhaskar
  • Book Subtitle A Theory of Education
  • Authors David Scott
    Roy Bhaskar
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-19835-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-19836-1
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 82
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Educational Philosophy
    Philosophy of Education
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