I just wanted to write and say thank you for the January edition of EPAT. I have always enjoyed and gained from reading EPAT’s articles since joining PESA two or three years ago. But the January edition has been my favourite to date. I have so little knowledge of eastern traditions and thoroughly enjoyed expanding my knowledge of Confucian concepts in this edition. Reading the different articles has encouraged me to further investigate Confucianism in the future. I really value the way in which PESA brings together eastern, western and indigenous perspectives at its conferences. This is nicely mirrored in EPAT.
Education and Human Nature
The chief question addressed by philosophers of education concerns the most proper tools by means of which a human being should be imparted a given piece of culture. Clearly, depending on the type of skill or ability to be taught, a different strategy may be devised. Most importantly, the educator's conception of human nature will be at the root of the specific strategy that is endorsed. For instance, if you hold that women are fundamentally different than men in their learning capacities, you will devise two separate educational paths for women and men. Analogous considerations apply to individuals with cognitive or motor skills disabilities: should they be kept in the same learning environment as those individuals that have no such disabilities?
Along the history Western philosophy , the specific conception of human nature has depended on the ideas of nature and of the relationship between nature and culture .