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The Comparison of the Education Philosophies of Confucius and Socrates from the Perspective of Adult Education

Author(s): Ufuk Cem KOMŞU

Journal: Journal of Kirsehir Education Faculty
ISSN 1302-5007

Volume: 12;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Wisdom | Virtue | Education philosophy and Adult education

Confucius and Socrates, one from East and one from West, who called as representing their high civilizations’ wisdom and social values, are regarded as both great teachers and leaders. In this paper, both two philosophers’ personal teaching techniques and educational philosophies have been analyzed and discussed in order to compare. It is aimed that, the differencies and similarities between their philosophies and methods might be discussed to distinguish, so that, it would be possible to make a comparison based on adult education. In this study, the method of literature review has been used to collect the data. After expressing their contemporary social conditions, their principles, conceptual approaches and thoughts about spiritual existence, life and universe, then Confucius’ and Socrates’ educational philosophies, teaching attitudes and views about knowledge-human relations have been discussed. Both Socrates and Confucius intended to achieve same moral goals by using some similar implements. Nevertheless, Confucius’ educational and social views and values seem to be more suitable for today’s adult educational principles and methodological components.
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