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.
- ‘Rethinking Philosophy for Students’, an interview with Angie Hobbs in The Irish Examiner, 6 June 2018.
- ‘Missing from the Tuition Fees Debate: Student Well-Being and the Public Benefits of Higher Education’ by Josh Forstenzer in The Conversation, 1 September 2017.
- ‘How Teaching Philosophy Could Help Combat Extremism’ by Angie Hobbs in The Conversation, 16 March 2017.
- ‘We Are Losing Sight of the Higher Education’s True Purpose’ by Josh Forstenzer in The Conversation, 9 March 2017.
- ‘Why the Teaching Excellence Framework is Flawed’ by Josh Forstenzer in The Guardian, 23 February 2016.
- ‘What Philosophy Can Tell Davos About Educating for a Better Future’ by Angie Hobbs in The Conversation, 20 January 2016.
- ‘Universities Should Benefit the Public Not Just the Public Purse’ by Josh Forstenzer and Matthew Flinders in The Guardian, 7 December 2015.
Sample Academic Writings
- Joshua Forstenzer (Forthcoming) ‘The Teaching Excellence Framework, Epistemic Insensibility, and the Question of Purpose’, Journal of Philosophy of Education.
- Angie Hobbs (2018) ‘Philosophy and the Good Life’, Journal of Philosophy in Schools, 5(1).
- Ryan Byerly (2017) Introducing Logic and Critical Thinking: The Skills of Reasoning and the Virtues of Inquiry, Baker.
- Joshua Forstenzer (2016) ‘A Democratic Ideal For Troubled Times: John Dewey, Civic Action, and Peaceful Conflict Resolution’, Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, 2 (2).
- Joshua Forstenzer (2016), ‘The Teaching Excellence Framework: What’s The Purpose’, Sir Bernard Crick Center Paper, University of Sheffield.
- Joshua Forstenzer (2012) ‘Education, Active Citizenship and Applied Social Intelligence: some democratic tools to meet the threat of climate change’ in Rethinking Climate Change Research, eds. Pernille Almlund, Per Homann Jesperesen and Søren Riis, Routledge.
Related Learning Opportunities
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.