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The teaching of philosophy in public administration programmes

Ongaro, Edoardo (2019). The teaching of philosophy in public administration programmes. Teaching Public Administration, 37(2) pp. 135–146.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0144739419837310
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Abstract

Public administration can be considered as an applied, interdisciplinary field, whose study demands the contribution of a range of disciplines, including political science, management, law, sociology and others. The article argues that the disciplines of public administration should also include philosophy, not as a discipline (philosophy is not a discipline in the sense modern sciences are; rather, at the roots of philosophy are key questions: what there is (ontology); who we are (philosophy of the mind); how to live well (ethics); how to live well together (political philosophy) and so on) but as the foundation of all the other disciplines studying public administration, from political science (whose roots are in political philosophy), to management and sociology (whose underpinnings are in ontological conceptions of the individual and society), to law (whose roots are in the philosophy of law) and so on. If philosophy is foundational to public administration, then two key questions arise: in researching public administration, what is the contribution of philosophy to advancing our understanding of public administration? And in the teaching of public administration, what is the place of philosophy in the curricula of public administration programmes? The article, after briefly reviewing the philosophical foundations of public administration, aims to discuss the latter question about the contribution of philosophy to educational and training programmes in the field of public administration, and the place of philosophy in public administration education curricula.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 The Author
ISSN: 2047-8720
Keywords: philosophy; public administration; higher education; Master of Public Administration; public service; civil service; executive education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 60352
SWORD Depositor: Jisc Publications-Router
Depositing User: Jisc Publications-Router
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 10:44
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2019 07:57
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/60352
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