The monograph presents the studies of the thought and life of John Locke, an English philosopher and pedagogue, and a selection of his writings on the topic of education. Part I contains the various aspects of the discussion on his educational thought; it comprises as many as 8 chapters, including Locke's biography. Part II contains the first Polish translation of Locke's source texts. Until now, the Polish reader has only had access to the basic body of Locke's pedagogical works, to be exact Some Thoughts Concerning Education. The selection of texts included in the Locke's legacy of written works becomes much larger as we assume the perspective of education in the broadest sense, namely upbringing (child-rearing), education and care. This volume contains as many as seven of them. The main purpose of this research and translation is to familiarise the Polish reader with a wider body of knowledge on Locke's educational views and to enable an in-depth reception of the entirety of works by this Enlightenment thinker. His pedagogical reflections, alongside his practical involvement in issues related to upbringing, education and care that he undertook in his life, form a significant part of the said work, incomplete and impossible to understand fully without them. The work is dedicated to a broad spectrum of researchers and students, notably those who are interested in the philosophy, history and theory of education. It may also be of interest to all those who are concerned about the condition of modern-day education, those who seek ways to improve it, having the well-being of its participants and itself in mind, and those considering what is the most important matter of all, education that serves the common good.
Katarzyna Wrońska– professor of the Jagiellonian University, head of the Department of General and Philosophical Pedagogy at the Institute of Pedagogy of the Jagiellonian University