Philosophy and Education

What is the purpose of education? What virtues should a successful education system promote? And what vices should it specifically seek to avoid spreading? How should educational opportunities be distributed? What unique role can philosophy play in developing thoughtful minds and engaged citizens? Should philosophy be taught to children? If so, in what way? These are just some of the questions that lie at the intersection of investigating philosophy of education and the relationship between philosophy and education.

In addition to an undergraduate modules in the Philosophy of Education, the Workplace Learning module, and the award-winning outreach programme, Philosophy in the City, Angie Hobbs, Joshua Forstenzer, and Ryan Byerly conduct work in this field.

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Taught Modules

The History of Ethics is a first year module which engages with questions related to the development of the virtues and flourishing.

Philosophy of Education is a second year module which involves a theoretical exploration of some of the philosophical issues related to school education and the practical task of delivering a three day philosophy taster conference to local pupils.

Workplace Learning is a third year module involving a work placement of 35-70 hours with a local organisation (voluntary or commercial sector) and developing two essays reflecting on philosophically significant aspects of your experience.