The educational philosophy of Origen of Alexandria

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1984

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Origen of Alexandria (c.185-253 G.E.) was a Father of the early Christian Church. He is best known for his writings in theology and his commentaries and homilies on the Scriptures. He spent almost fifty years of his life teaching under Church auspices in Alexandria and in Caesarea. In both places he established schools which resembled theological academies. The purpose of this dissertation was to discover whether there was evidence that Origen had a philosophy of education, and if so, whether it was a Christian philosophy. Certain criteria for a philosophy of education were laid down. Since none of Origen's writings were educational, his philosophical-theological work On First Principles was explored for evidence that Origen held positions which could meet the criteria. Other of his writings were cited to enrich and substantiate the argument. [...]

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Education--Philosophy

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