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Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

Edinburgh Branch

Ethics, Education and Teaching: Perspectives on the Teacher in Contemporary Society

Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
October 2nd – 3rd, 2015

Keynote Speakers:
Nel Noddings, Professor Emerita, Stanford University
Penny Enslin, Professor, University of Glasgow
Paul Standish, Professor, Institute of Education, UCL
Tom Hamilton, Director of Education, Registration and PLD, The General Teaching Council for Scotland

This conference invites academics, teachers in schools, students and policy makers to come together to discuss the future of teaching and how philosophy can contribute to shared understandings of the teacher’s role in contemporary society.

Draft Programme
Day 1: Friday, October 2 2015
15:30 – 16:30
Registration and Coffee/Tea + Blackwell Bookstand (10% off for delegates)
16:30 – 16:45
Welcome Address: Andrea English
16:45 – 18:15 Keynote: Penny Enslin, “The Ethics of Charity”
Chair: Morwenna Griffiths

Day 2: Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 -10:00 Coffee/ Tea + Blackwell Bookstand
10:00 -10:15 Opening Address: Robbie Nicols
10:15-11:45 Keynote: Nel Noddings, “Care Ethics and Teaching. Teaching involves more
than instruction”
Chair: Andrea English
11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 2:15
Keynote: Paul Standish, “Teaching exposed: Education in Denial”
Chair: TBA
2:15 – 2:30 Coffee/Tea
2:30 – 4:00
Keynote: Tom Hamilton, “Ethics, Integrity and Professional Standards for
Teachers in Scotland”
Chair: TBA
4:00 – 4:30
Closing Discussion Panel: Teacher Education in the UK and Beyond
Panelists: Morwenna Griffiths, Holly Linklater, Natasa Pantic
4:30 End

REGISTER NOW – Space is Limited: 
Fees: (incl. registration, coffee/tea and Sat. lunch, accommodation not included)
£35 standard; £29 registered teachers; £17 concessions (students/unwaged)

Organized and supported by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) in collaboration with the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Conference Organizer:
Dr Andrea R. English
Chancellor’s Fellow in Philosophy of Education
Institute for Education, Teaching and Leadership
Moray House School of Education
The University of Edinburgh
Holyrood Road
Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ
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Date: 17-18th May 2014

Venue: St Peter’s College, Oxford – Registration required

Supported by:

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford; Department of Philosophy, The Open University; St. Peter’s College, Oxford; St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Jessica Berry (Georgia State University, US)
Prof. Maudemarie Clark (University of California Riverside, US)
Prof. David Dudrick(Colgate University, US)
Dr Andrew Huddleston (University of Oxford, UK)
Prof. Paul Katsafanas (Boston University, US)
Prof. Brian Leiter (University of Chicago, US)
Dr Mattia Riccardi (University of Oporto, Portugal)



Saturday, 17 May 2014

09:00–10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00–10:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Paul Katsafanas: Précis of Agency and the Foundations of Ethics. Nietzschean Constitutivism (OUP 2013)

Maudemarie Clark/David Dudrick: Précis of The Soul of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil (CUP 2012) 

10:30–12:00 Session 1

Brian Leiter: The Esoteric Reading of Nietzsche

Lunch, St Peter’s College Oxford

14:00–15:30 Session 2

Mattia Riccardi: Nietzsche on the Space of Values

Tea and Coffee

16:00–17:30 Session 3

Maudemarie Clark/David Dudrick: title tbc

Conference Dinner, St Peter’s College


Sunday, 18 May 2014

10:00–10:30 Tea and Coffee

10:30–12:00 Session 4

Jessica Berry: In a Mirror, Dimly – Nietzsche on the Uncertainty of Agency

Lunch, St Peter’s College Oxford

14:00–15:30 Session 5

Andrew Huddleston: Value and the Will to Power – Challenges to a Nietzschean Constitutivism

Tea and Coffee

16:00–17:30 Session 6

Paul Katsafanas: Nietzsche on the Free Individual 

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Registration: Due to a limited number of spaces available you need to register and pay a registration fee. Registration will open here shortly.

Organisation: Dr Peter Kail (St Peter’s College, Oxford) and Dr Manuel Dries (OU | St Hilda’s College, Oxford)




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Friday 14 September
Institut Francais, Queensbury Place, London SW7 2DT

Ethics in Practice: the Dialectic of Authenticity and Consequentialism
Alfred Betschart (independent)

Sartre and Negativist Ethics
Patrick Engel (Basel)

Catastrophe, Proximity, Adherence: Sartre on Cinema in Les Mots
Patrick ffrench (KCL)

Sartre on Hegel’s Dialectic of Mastery and Servitude
Daniel Herbert (Sheffield)

A Legacy of Shame: Occupation, Ambiguity, and Abortion in Beauvoir and Sartre
Ruth Kitchen (Leeds)

Ethics Between Liberty and Alterity: Sartre’s Point of View
Annalisa Marinelli (SSiS Puglia)

Shame as Fellow Feeling
Christian Skirke (UvA)

The Opening Pages of Sartre’s Notebooks for an Ethics
Paul Wallace (independent)

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A second announcement will be made when the schedule is finalised.
At that point, the abstracts will also be available.


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Sunday Lecture – Infinity and Immortality

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

29 July 2012

11.00, £3 on the door / free to members of the South Place Ethical Society


Adrian Moore shall consider questions that arise in connection with the desirability or otherwise of immortality. In particular, he will address Bernard William’s argument that a never-ending life would eventually become tedious to the point of unendurability. Moore will suggest that there are two questions that need to be distinguished, even though they can easily appear to be equivalent. First, would immortality be preferable to mortality? And second, is death a bad thing? Distinguishing these questions helps us to understand better the force of Williams’ argument.

“I’ll be exploring fundamental questions about human mortality, beginning with the question of whether it would be preferable never to die” — Adrian Moore, New Statesman, p.38.




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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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 Jordana Rosenberg
Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion
Oxford University Press, April 2011

The Atlantic world of the long eighteenth century was characterized by two major, interrelated phenomena: the onset of capital accumulation and the infusion of traditions of radical religious rapture into Enlightenment discourses. In exploring these cross-pollinations, Critical Enthusiasm shows that debates around religious radicalism are bound to the advent of capitalism at its very root: as legal precedent, as financial rhetoric, and as aesthetic form. To understand the period thus requires that we not only contextualize histories of religion in terms of the economic landscape of early modernity, but also recast the question of secularization in terms of the contradictions of capitalism.

Critical Enthusiasm contributes to new directions of scholarship in literary and legal history, secularization studies, and economic criticism. It is unique in producing a model for literary and cultural study that is simultaneously attuned to economic and religious forces. By approaching the history of capitalism through religious debates, Critical Enthusiasm discloses significant intersections of aesthetic form and of financial flows that have been hitherto ignored.

Through chapters that highlight moral philosophy, religious prophesy, early modern statute law, poetry, and political theory, Rosenbergshows that the contested nature of enthusiastic rapture is crucial to understanding the major institutional transformations of early modernity. These transformations–colonial plunder, the rise of finance, the administration of racialized labor, and the legal reform that justified such practices–shaped the period; they also laid the foundation for our contemporary world.


Jordana Rosenberg is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Economy, Culture and Human Rights: Turbulence in Punjab, India and Beyond

Pritam Singh

Why do people get moved to protest against some violations of human rights and not others? How can the culture of human rights be made inclusive? This book offers insights into these questions by tracing the dialectical connection between economic interests and human rights. It offers a unique understanding of the contestation over the application of human rights in the global context. Reflection on personal experience of violation is combined with extensive fieldwork in India and Punjab to offer an enriched theoretical understanding of what is at stake in human rights thinking and practice.

This is an important work for anyone interested in the subject of human rights. Pritam Singh, in one masterful chapter after another, marshals diverse theory and evidence drawn from economics, political science, moral philosophy, and history, as well as his own life to make the case for understanding human rights as intrinsically important rather than simply as a means to achieve a given set of economic or political goals. He provides a multi-layered historical account of colonialism, the impact of evolving nationalism in newly independent states, and religious bigotry, combined with keen analytical insights and a vivid personal narrative to help us understand how human rights can not only be shaped by economic and political interests, but also how they can profoundly influence those interests as well … It presents the topic in a way that makes clear the universality of the concerns and issues addressed and the relevance of the lessons learned to understanding the importance of human rights generally.– William Seltzer, Senior Research Scholar, Fordham University, Bronx, New York, Chair of the American Statistical Association’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Human Rights

This new book draws from Dr Singh’s own traumatic experiences arising from the conflict concerning India and Punjab in the 1970s… He is therefore very well placed to analyse the fraught history of the region, from a strongly held position on human rights: by looking at human rights in their complex relation with economic interests and political culture, he argues for “an intrinsic-worth approach towards human rights to empower the reach of human rights in shaping political culture and overcoming the narrow goals of economic interests”. The book will be of interest to all who wish better to understand India and Punjab, and to learn about a serious proposal for resolution of conflict. — Bill Bowring, Barrister, Professor of Law, Director of the LLM/MA in Human Rights, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London


1. Theoretical perspectives and personal experiences

2. The political economy of centralisation in India: Shaping the macro-environment for human rights

3. Economic interests, political culture and human rights in Indo-British relations

4. Historical conduits of the political culture of Punjab

5. Actions and reactions of 1984: State repression, militancy and human rights

6. Rural capitalism, religious revivalism and fractured resistance

7. Combating sectarianism and instrumentalism in the human rights praxis in Punjab

8. Conclusions

Appendix: Responses to the human rights situation in Punjab.

Pritam Singh teaches economics and is the Director of Postgraduate Programme in International Management and International Relations at Oxford Brookes University Business School, Oxford. He is the author of Federalism, Nationalism and Development: India and the Punjab Economy (Routledge, London, 2008) and co-editor with S Thandi of Punjabi Identity in a Global Context (Oxford University Press, 1999) and with M Pearl of Equal Opportunities in the Curriculum (Oxford Brookes University, 1999).

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Summer Term 2010

All seminars will take place in Room 828, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, on Wednesday’s, 5.15pm – 7.30pm


28 April: Julian Baggini, Editor, The Philosophers’ Magazine, Real Respect: Dealing with Shared and Contested Values

5 May: Paul Standish, Institute of Education, London, Calling Education to Account

12 May: Uffe Jensen, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University, Philosophy and the Education of Educators

19 May: John Cottingham, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading, Demandingness, Moral Development and Moral Philosophy

26 May: Alistair Miller, Institute of Education, London, Two rival aims of education: social justice and the good life

2 June: Christopher Winch, Department of Education, King’s College London, The role of Philosophy of Education in Teacher Education

9 June: Sean Sayers, School of European Culture and Languages University of Kent: MacIntyre, Modernity and the REF

16 June: Sanjay Seth, Department of Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London, Changing the Subject: Western Knowledge and the Question of Difference

23 June: Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire, Situating Memory: Wittgenstein and neuropsychology 

30 June: Adrian Moore, Department of Philosophy, University of Oxford, Bernard Williams’ Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy: Question and Answer session

All welcome

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Neal Carr, Post Graduate Research Degrees Administrator, Institute of Education, Room 806, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL; Tel: 0207 612 6820

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