Avi Mintz PhD

Associate Professor of Education Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences


Avi Mintz teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the foundations of education, philosophy of education, character education, and the history of educational thought. Additionally, he teaches courses on Ancient Greece and the Enlightenment through TU's Honors Program.

Ph.D., Columbia University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., University of Toronto

The history of educational philosophy, with a focus on Plato, Rousseau, and Dewey
The place of religious schooling in modern democracies

Foundations of Education
Philosophy of Education
History of Educational Thought
Character Education

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Discipline, Devotion, and Dissent: book panel,” Canadian Society for the Study of Education, June 2013.

Book Chapters

“Pain and Moral Education,” for Handbook on the Philosophy of Pain (ed. Jennifer Corns; Routledge)

Mintz, Avi. “What Is the Purpose of Education? Dewey’s Challenge to His Contemporaries.” Centennial Handbook on John Dewey’s Democracy and Education. Ed. eds. Leonard Waks and Andrea English. Cambridge University Press, 2017. 81–88. Print.

Mintz, Avi. “Dewey on Educational Aims.” Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer , 2016. 1–5. Print.

“From Grade School to Law School: Socrates’ Legacy in Education,” A Companion to Socrates. Sara Ahbel-Rappe and Rachana Kamtekar (Eds.), (Malden, MA; Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2006): pp. 476-492.

Book Reviews

Review of Plato the Teacher: The crisis of the Republic, by W. H. F. Altman, Journal of Philosophy of Education 48(3), August 2014, pp. 507-509

“Andrea English’s Discontinuity in Learning: Dewey, Herbart, and Education as Transformation. (Cambridge, 2013),” Studies in Philosophy and Education 33(4), July 2014, pp. 451-458.

“Has Therapy Intruded into Education? A Review Article,” Journal of Philosophy of Education 43(4), November 2009, pp. 633-647.

“Understanding Evil and Educating Heroes: A Review Article,” Journal of Philosophy of Education, 42(1) February 2008, pp. 185-196.

Journal Articles

Mintz, Avi. “Damon, Prodicus, and Socratic Matchmaking.” Studies in Philosophy and Education 36.3 (2017): 377–379. Print.

Mintz, Avi. “Introduction.” Studies in Philosophy and Education 36.3 (2017): 369–370. Print.

Mintz, Avi. “The Education of the Third Class in The Republic: Plato and the Locus Classicus of Formative Justice.” Teachers College Record 118.10 (2016): 1–18. Print.

“Why did Socrates Deny that he was a Teacher? Locating Socrates among the new educators and the traditional education in Plato’s Apology of Socrates,” Educational Philosophy and Theory 46(7), July 2014, pp. 735-747.

“Helping by Hurting: The paradox of suffering in social justice education,” Theory and Research in Education 11(3), November 2013, pp. 215-231.

“The Happy and Suffering Student? Rousseau’s Emile and the path not taken in progressive educational thought,” Educational Theory 62(3), June 2012, pp. 249-265.

“Four Educators in Plato’s Theaetetus,” Journal of Philosophy of Education 45(4), November 2011, pp. 657-673.

“Faith-Based Schools and Common Schools in America: Reflections on the charge that faith-based schools are a threat to social cohesion,” (with Graham McDonough) Journal of Religious Education 59(4), 2011, pp. 23-30.

“‘Chalepa Ta Kala,’ ‘Fine Things are Difficult’: Socrates’ insights into the psychology of teaching and learning,” Studies in Philosophy and Education 29(3), May 2010, pp. 287-299.

Mintz, Avi. “Dewey’s Ancestry, Dewey’s Legacy, and The Aims of Education in Democracy and Education.” European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy VIII.1 (2018): n. pag. Print.

Conference Proceedings

“Rousseau, Consumerism and Rearing the Twenty-first Century Achilles,” Philosophy of Education 2011. Robert Kunzman (Ed.), (Urbana IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2012): pp. 292-294.

“Common Beliefs and Common Sense in Educational Policy and Practice,” Philosophy of Education 2010. Gert Biesta (Ed.), (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2011): pp. 177-179.

“The Midwife as Matchmaker: Socrates and Relational Pedagogy,” Philosophy of Education 2007, Barbara Stengel (Ed.), (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2008): pp. 91-99.

“The Disciplined Schooling of the Free Spirit: Educational Theory in Nietzsche’s Middle Period,” Philosophy of Education 2004, Chris Higgins (Ed.), (Urbana, IL: Philosophy of Education Society, 2005): pp. 163-170.

“Writing and Pedagogy in Plato’s Phaedrus,” Philosophy of Education 2014. Eduardo Duarte (Ed.), forthcoming.


“Sophists,” Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy, D.C. Phillips (Ed.), (Los Angeles: SAGE publishers, 2014): 777-779.

Regular Column in Journal or Newspaper

“Religious Schooling in the United States and Canada,” Tulsa Jewish Review, April 2013, p.4.

American Educational Research Association
Association for Moral Education
American Association for Teaching and Curriculum
Canadian Philosophy of Education Society
Philosophy of Education Society
Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

EDUC 2043 The American School
EDUC 2253 History of Western Educational Philosophy
EDUC 3733 Measurement and Evaluation
EDUC 7003 Philosophy of Education
EDUC 7173 Research Proposal
EDUC 7973 Seminar:
FS 1973 First Seminar
HON 1003 Greek History, Philosophy and Drama