3rd year PhD student
Should philosophy be taught in schools?
My doctoral research (2017-2020) is into the educational value of philosophy. I argue that philosophy should be a core element of any liberal education. In order to do this, I present a new account of liberal education. From this account, I claim that (1) there is philosophical content which best addresses prominent and pressing ordinary questions; and (2) that aspects of the discipline of philosophy provide guidance towards selecting and synthesising curriculum content in response to new or interdisciplinary questions. Alongside researching liberal education, I draw on scholarship about the role of philosophy in schools and philosophy for children.
- 2008: BA (Hons) Philosophy, University of Sheffield, 1st Class
- 2009: MRes Philosophy, University of East Anglia, merit
- 2010: PGCE Secondary Religious Education, University of East Anglia
- 2017: MA Social Research, University of Birmingham, Distinction
- Philosophy of education;
- Curriculum studies;
- Philosophy for Children;
- Liberal education;
Professor Michael Hand
Dr Ben Kotzee
Membership of Research and Professional Organisations
Associate Fellow of the HEA
Forthcoming: 'The Educational Value of Analytic Philosophy' in Journal of the American Philosophical Association.
Forthcoming: ‘Philosophy for Children and the Extrinsic Value of Philosophy’, Metaphilosophy
Forthcoming: ‘A Utility Account of Liberal Education’ Philosophy of Education 2020
Forthcoming: ‘Youth Philosophy Conferences and the Development of Adolescent Social Skills: A Case Study’, Precollege Philosophy and Public Practice Journal
Forthcoming: ‘Can the New Welsh Curriculum Meet its Purposes’, Curriculum Journal
2017, ‘Book Review: The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children’, Journal of Philosophy in Schools, 4 (1), pp. 123-125
2016, ‘Value Added Philosophy’, The IB Community Blog, available at: http://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2016/03/10/value-added-philosophy/