The Ends and Means of Education

A Philosophy of Education Reader
Kevin Johnstun
In Progress. This work is currently in progress, and not all chapters may currently be available.

This book provides a brief introduction into some of the persistent challenges and quandaries facing educators by drawing upon snippets from some of the great philosophers in history, such as Aristotle, Descartes, Rousseau, Dewey, and others.

Suggested Citation

Johnstun, K. (2018). The Ends and Means of Education: A Philosophy of Education Reader. EdTech Books. Retrieved from


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Kevin Johnstun

Kevin holds an MS in Instructional Psychology and Technology and a BA in Philosophy both from Brigham Young University. His research interests have frequently centered at the intersection of philosophy and education. This includes co-authoring articles about Kuhnian perspectives in education research and Kantian perspectives on student autonomy.

While compiling the selection for this article, Kevin drew on his connections in both the philosophy and education worlds to find historical pieces that were foundational in both realms.