IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: On Paulo Freire: a philosophical biography

30 June 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Statue of Paulo Freire. Image: Marcelo Sabbatini on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

In this webinar, Professor Walter Oman Kohan (State University of Rio de Janeiro) will explore his book ‘Paulo Freire a philosophical biography’ (2021, Bloomsbury).

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Alison Brady

For more information and to register for the event, please contact Alison Brady.

In his book, Walter has tried to re-invent Paulo Freire’s statement that education is political through five concepts:

  • life
  • equality 
  • love
  • errantry
  • and childhood.

After a brief presentation of the outlines of each chapter the seminar will focus on one of these themes.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in: Paulo Freire, philosophy, philosophy of education, political philosophy, and critical pedagogy.

PESGB seminar series

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) is a learned society that promotes the study, teaching and application of philosophy of education. Its London Branch hosts seminars every Wednesday in conjunction with Philosophy at the Institute of Education. 

These seminars are led by national and international scholars in the field, covering a wide range of issues of educational and philosophical concern. All are welcome to attend.


Image: Marcelo Sabbatini on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

About the Speaker

Walter Omar Kohan

Full Professor at the State University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Walter is also a researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil.

He has authored or edited more than 50 books. His publications in English include:

  • 'Philosophy and Childhood' (2014)
  • 'The Inventive Schoolmaster' (2015)
  • 'Childhood, Education and Philosophy' (2015).