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

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Board Room , B101, Harcourt Hill Campus


Becoming Thoughtful: Hannah Arendt and the Problem of Good and Evil with speaker Professor Jon Nixon

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.

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.