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VIRTUAL EVENT: The aims of higher education beyond domestic justice

12 May 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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In this talk, Professor Thaddeus Metz (University of Pretoria, South Africa) explores the old question of what the proper final ends of a public university are.

This event is free.

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Professor Metz argues that central aims of higher education are often construed in terms of what would advance domestic justice, peppered with suggestions of individualist aims such as promoting student autonomy or knowledge for its own sake. 

Appealing to African ideas that are shown to have wide appeal, he will argue that there are two important social aims beyond these. Namely, promoting a certain kind of global justice, on the one hand, and relationships at the domestic level, on the other. 

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

Thaddeus Metz

Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa

Thaddeus is particularly known for having developed a moral principle informed by the African philosophical tradition, put it into critical comparison with East Asian and Western ethics, and applied it to various controversies.

Articles of his relating to education have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Moral Education, the Journal of Philosophy of Education, Studies in Philosophy and Education, and Educational Philosophy and Theory.

Prospect Magazine recently designated him as one of ‘The World’s Top 50 Thinkers’ for bringing African ideas to global audiences.