A Discourse on the Contemporary Relevance of the Educational Underpinning of Plato’s Political Philosophy

  • Olaiya Olajumoke Olufunmilola Department of Educational Foundation, Federal College of Education, Akoka
Keywords: Education, Nationhood, Nigeria, Plato, Social Sciences

Abstract

The journey towards social ordering and the need to make life much better than it used to be is one of the principal motivations for political philosophy. Hence, there are as much political theories to this effect as there are political philosophers and scientists. Whereas the aim of the present research is to consider what kind of political theory can assist in social ordering, it does this, taking cognizance of the pedagogical postulates of the political scholar, Plato. In other words, this research reconsiders the educational underpinning of Plato’s political philosophy for use in the quest toward the agenda of attaining nationhood in Nigeria. This comes as a consequence of the urgency to correct the ugly trend(s) that have greeted the educational system of the country as well as the failure of the social sciences to provide the much sought succor. This approach is sacrosanct because of the undue but accentuated emphases that have been given to the social sciences as the domain from which development and nationhood can spring. Incidentally, the journey toward nationhood for Nigeria, continues to be one of the most disturbing dilemmas that continues to haunt the country. Via the method of critical analysis, this essay argues that Plato’s political philosophy has some educational ideals that present implications for contemporaneous nature or character of contemporary Nigeria. By giving emphasis on his reflections on the principle of specialization, this study is able to argue that the spirited application of this ideal for contemporary Nigeria via pedagogy will go a long way to birth the much sought nationhood. Political philosophy needs pedagogy to be able to realize its ideals. Unless this initiative is underscored, this essay submits, the quest for nationhood will continue to lament in the labyrinth of folly and backwardness.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Author Biography

Olaiya Olajumoke Olufunmilola, Department of Educational Foundation, Federal College of Education, Akoka

Lecturer
Nigeria
Department of Educational Foundation, Federal College of Education, Akoka
E-mail: olaiya.olajumoke@yahoo.com

References

Abanum, S.C. (2015). «Salvaging Local Industries: A Call to National Development» in «The Sage Magazine», vol. 28, February 2015-2016.

Abiola, S. (2014). «Nigeria’s Educational System and its Unemployable Gradates». In Daily Post: Nigeria Online Newspaper, April 21. http://dailypost.ng/2014/04/21/abiola-solanke-nigerias-educational-system-unemployable Last accessed on September 10, 2020.

Actoria, H. (2012). Academic Life and Social Change. London: Noble books

Bogomolov, A.S. (1985). History of Ancient Philosophy. Moscow: Progress Publishers.

Eneanya, S.N. (1980). The Contribution of African Traditional Religion to Nation Building. Social Sciences: Issues in National Development, Edited by E. C. Amucheazi. Enugu: Fourth Dimension Publisher.

Eseola, E. (2016). «The Challenges of Unemployment in Nigeria vis-à-vis the Future of the Nigerian Youth». The Sage Magazine. 28, February.

Irikefe, P.O. (2013). Why Nigeria is Not Working: The Predicament and the Promise, Ibadan: Kraft Books.

Iroegbu, P.O., & Izibili, M.A. (2004). Kpim of Democracy Thematic Introduction to Socio-Political Philosophy. Benin City: Ever-Blessed Publishers.

Lawhead, W.F. (2002). The Voyage of Discovery: A Historical Introduction to Philosophy. Belmont: Wordsworth.

Obemeate, J.O. (1990). The Catholic Church on Education. Ibadan: Wisdom Publishers Ltd.

Ofuasia, E. (2019). John Dewey’s and Julius Nyerere’s Views on Education and the Implication of their Ideas for African Development. Philosophy of Education, 25(2),. 127-141. https://doi.org/10.31874/2309-1606-2019-25-2-7

Omoregbe, J.I. (1990). Knowing Philosophy. Lagos: JOJA Educational and Research Pub. Ltd.

Oyekan, A.O., & Ofuasia, E. (2017). A Rawlsian Reflection on Ideology, Violence and Extremism in Postcolonial Africa. UNILAG Journal of Politics, IX (2), 19-37.

Plato. (1968). Republic. B. Jowett. (Trans.). New York: Airmount Publishing Co. Inc.

Popkin, R.H., & Stroll, A. (1993). Philosophy Made Simple. New York: Broadway Books.

Roselin, P., (2012). Examination Malpractice and Integrity of Educational Credentials. Canada: Unpublished lectures on Certificate Education, 4th Edition.

Uddin, P.S.O., & Uddin, O.O. (2013). Causes, Effects and Solutions to Youth Unemployment Problems in Nigeria. Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Services, 4.


Abstract views: 69
PDF Downloads: 102
Published
2021-06-14
How to Cite
Olajumoke Olufunmilola, O. (2021). A Discourse on the Contemporary Relevance of the Educational Underpinning of Plato’s Political Philosophy. International Scientific Journal of Universities and Leadership, (11), 35-44. https://doi.org/10.31874/2520-6702-2021-11-1-35-44
Section
Development of society and higher education: philosophical aspects