Humility in educational philosophy and theory


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Humility is regarded as beneficial for individuals, relationships, and society. It is believed to increase well-being and tolerance of difference and enhance interpersonal relationships. Educating for humility could be regarded as an important element and goal of education as it helps students realise their limitations and consider different (even opposite) perspectives. However, as with other virtues, humility may be conceptualised and expressed differently across diverse cultural communities. Similarly, how to educate for humility may look different in schools around the world. This special issue includes varied explorations of the philosophical and theoretical roots underpinning different conceptions of humility and their implications for education. Taken together, the papers in this issue provide a foundation for understanding the importance of humility across cultural and historical traditions of past and present, particularly those of western and Chinese societies. As such, this special issue can be informative to colleagues in virtue ethics, comparative philosophy, and moral education, as well as others who are interested in understanding contexts and meanings of humility around the world, in society and education today. Copyright © 2022 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-157
JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
Issue number2
Early online date21 Sept 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2023


Jackson, L., & Park, J. (2023). Humility in educational philosophy and theory. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 55(2), 153-157. doi: 10.1080/00131857.2022.2122439


  • Humility
  • Philosophy
  • Chinese philosophy
  • Confucianism
  • Moral education
  • Virtues


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