Jane Gatley

Doctoral Researcher

Jane GatbyContact details


Current Status

3rd year PhD student

Research Topic

Should philosophy be taught in schools?

Research Summary 

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

Research Interests 

  • Philosophy of education;
  • Curriculum studies;
  • Philosophy for Children;
  • Liberal education;
  • Metaphilosophy 

Research Supervisors

Professor Michael Hand

Dr Ben Kotzee


ESRC 1+3

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/