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Adam Smith's PluralismRationality, Education, and the Moral Sentiments$
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Jack Russell Weinstein

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300162530

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300162530.001.0001

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Formal Education

Formal Education

(p.185) 9 Formal Education
Adam Smith's Pluralism

Jack Russell Weinstein

Yale University Press

This chapter examines formal education. This involves two related concerns. The first is the nature and purpose of schooling. The second is the role of schooling in a commercial society, including certain core economic concerns. Both connect pluralism to the duties of the sovereign, the first by suggesting that the basic structure of institutional education is itself a means for managing difference, and the second by prescribing that the responsibility of the government to fund these institutions is an outgrowth of its effectiveness in cultivating social unity in the face of difference.

Keywords:   formal education, schooling, pluralism, social unity, institutional education

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