Educational Purposes, Ethics and Beliefs


Education is a value-laden endeavour.  

The aims of this group are to research education as a locus of public/ philosophical debate and to make philosophical interventions into educational policy, leadership and curriculum design.

We develop phenomenological and continental understandings of education and consider the ethics of teaching and learning.

We are interested in the interface of education and religion and the history and nature of moral education and education for citizenship.  

We engage in exploration and analysis of contested concepts – ability, the child, learning, the school and the teacher.

We also have a developing interest in hermeneutic and Aristotelian approaches to deliberation and leadership in Higher Education.

Group Leaders:

David Aldridge
Dr Annie Haight

Group Members:

Dr Stephen Boulter, Department of History, Philosophy and Religion
Georgina Glenny
James Percival
Dr Ian Summerscales
Professor Stephen Rayner
Johanna Woodcock Ross, Department of Social Work and Public Health
Dr Susannah Wright

2013 seminar series:

Becoming Thoughtful: Hannah Arendt and the Problem of Good and Evil
Professor Jon Nixon
29 January 2013 17:00 – 18:30 in Board Room B110
Oxford Branch Meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus
Jon Nixon has held chairs at four UK universities and now works as an independent scholar and writer. He is affiliated to the Hong Kong Institute of Education where he holds a Senior Research Fellowship in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. He has recently completed a trio of books on higher education, in which (in his own words) he sought to reclaim that sector from the assortment of managerialists, marketeers and privateers intent upon dismantling it.

How do we decide what should be learned about reality?
Dr Stephen Boulter, Oxford Brookes University
27 March 2013, 17:00 – 18:30 in Room F1/16
Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus
Dr Stephen Boulter is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of History, Philosophy and Religion at Oxford Brookes University. His research interests include the philosophy of language, the philosophy of evolutionary biology, perception, metaphysics, virtue ethics and metaethics, Aristotle and medieval philosophy. He has also been contracted to the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum (SCCC) as a Development Officer and National Trainer of the new Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher in Philosophy (the Scottish equivalent of the English A-Level) in the past.

Evidence-based practice and its causal presuppositions
Professor Tone Kvernbekk, University of Oslo
22 April 2013 17:00 – 18:30 in Board Room B110
Oxford Brookes University, Harcourt Hill Campus
Tone Kvernbekk`s professional interests are primarily philosophy of science, philosophy of education, and narrative theory. Narrative theory is an interdisciplinary field which branches into argumentation theory, philosophy of history and rhetoric. This rather diverse set of interests is kept together by a constant attendance to standards of philosophical reasoning, and by a preoccupation with implications of all of these approaches for educational research and theory.

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