Recent work on flourishing as the aim of education: a critical review

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Flourishing, understood along semi-Aristotelian lines, has re-emerged recently as an account of the ideal aim of education, for instance in works by educational philosophers Brighouse, White and de Ruyter. This article aims at critically reviewing this new paradigm, by subjecting it to philosophical and educational scrutiny. Throughout I compare and contrast this paradigm with Aristotelian flourishing, and explore the specific role of teachers as facilitators of students’ flourishing and sense of meaning


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-107
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number1
Early online date23 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2017


  • flourishing, Aristotle, education, basic necessities, meaning