School of Education Seminar Series: Educational Purposes, Ethics and Beliefs

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  • Everyone


Board Room, B101, Harcourt Hill Campus


How do we decide what should be learned about reality? with speaker Dr Stephen Boulter, Oxford Brookes University

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.

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.