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Title: Leren ordelijk te denken
Subtitle: Hendrik van Gent (ca. 1217-1293) over de fundamenten van onderwijs
Author(s): SPRUYT, Joke
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 75 Issue: 1 Date: 2013
This contribution discusses the views of the medieval theologian Henry of Ghent on the role of the teacher in the acquisition of knowledge. According to Henry, teaching is basically aimed at assisting a pupil in his acquisition of truth. In teaching, the role of language as the vehicle of truth is crucial: in order to acquire knowledge one needs to think correctly, and the only way to learn how to think correctly is through a correct use of language. After presenting an analysis of Henry’s ideas on the essence of learning and teaching, the paper will deal with their implications for the practice of teaching. Next a review of contemporary views on education will be presented. The contribution will conclude with a few remarks on how Henry of Ghent’s views could still be relevant for assessing contemporary ideas on education.