London Branch Seminar
Someone phones me from Liverpool and tells me it is raining there. So I know it is raining in Liverpool. Yet this is not from my direct experience but through the testimony of someone else. Knowledge gained in this way has recently received renewed attention in philosophical work related to education, and this has occasioned debates that echo early concerns of child-centred progressivism. This seminar considers these discussions and their relation to other lines of thought regarding testimony, with reference especially to the idea of bearing witness. It considers these matters particularly in relation to what it is to teach.
Paul Standish is Head of the Centre for Philosophy of Education at UCL and Chair of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. His recent work includes Stanley Cavell and Philosophy as Translation (2017) and Democracy and Education from Dewey to Cavell (2018), both in collaboration with Naoko Saito, and several articles on Wittgenstein.
Sessions are followed by a drink and further discussion in the Students’ Union for those who wish to attend. All are welcome.