IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


VIRTUAL EVENT: On truth, rightness and education

17 March 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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In this webinar, Dr Anniina Leiviskä from the University of Helsinki will discuss the general significance of the Habermasian procedural model for educating students about legitimate forms of democratic discussion.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Alison Brady

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It is argued that the idea of truth as justification-transcendent is educationally important especially in the context of fake news, misinformation and the growing emphasis on the role of positionality in knowledge production. 

However, concerning moral rightness, Dr Leiviskä suggests that the idea of justification-immanence bears relevance to preventing educational practices from becoming ethically and politically exclusive. 

In this talk, Dr Leiviskä explores the relevance of Jürgen Habermas’ distinction between the epistemic status of truth and rightness claims to contemporary democratic education. 

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.


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About the Speaker

Anniina Leiviskä

Lecturer at the Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki

Anniina's research focus areas include democracy and democratic education, social and political inclusion and global citizenship education.

She is currently starting a new research project 'Democratic Education and Political Polarisation in the Era of Global Crises' (funded by the KONE foundation), which focuses on the current challenges of democratic education, including the climate crisis and the increasing political polarisation of democratic societies.