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Event Date : 08 May, 2019 05:30 PM - 08 May, 2019 07:15 PM

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The Political Morality of School Composition: The Case of Religious Selection
Prof. Adam Swift (University College London)

London Branch Seminar Details

Venue :
UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL Room 828
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I present a normative framework for the assessment of education policies and apply it to the issue of religious selection.  Such policies can be justified, and challenged, on many different grounds. The main philosophical aim is to complement with non-consequentialist considerations the approach of Brighouse et al (Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision Making (2018)) and to apply the proposed framework to issues of school composition and selection. I argue, further, that policies that allow schools to select all their students on the basis of their parents' religious affiliation cannot be justified. 

Adam Swift is Professor of Political Theory at University College London. His books include How Not To Be a Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent (2003), Family Values: The Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships (with Harry Brighouse (2014), Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision Making (with Harry Brighouse, Helen F. Ladd and Susanna Loeb) (2018), and Political Philosophy: A Beginners' Guide for Students and Politicians (4th ed, 2019).

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