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Education, extremism and aversion to compromise

12 January 2022, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

Four young people looking at across the city from a balcony. Image: Devin Avery via Unsplash

In this seminar, Michael Hand will consider ways to present the acquisition of extremist beliefs, dispositions and attitudes.

This event is free.

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Paul Standish


Room 903
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Schools plausibly have a role to play in countering radicalisation by taking steps to prevent the acquisition of extremist beliefs, dispositions and attitudes. A core component of the extremist mindset is aversion to compromise. 

The speaker will inquire into the possibility, desirability and means of educating against this attitude. He will argue that aversion to compromise is demonstrably undesirable and readiness to compromise demonstrably desirable, so discursive teaching of these attitudes should guide pupils towards these verdicts. He will also identify three methods of formative teaching by which readiness to compromise can be cultivated in pupils.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in political philosophy and education. 

PESGB seminar series

This event is part of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) seminar series. 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

Michael Hand

Professor of Philosophy of Education at University Director of Postgraduate Research at the University of Birmingham

He edits the IMPACT pamphlet series and the Bloomsbury Philosophy of Education book series. Michael’s research interests are in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. His books include A Theory of Moral Education (Routledge, 2018), Education, Ethics and Experience: Essays in Honour of Richard Pring (Routledge, 2016), Patriotism in Schools (Wiley, 2011), Philosophy in Schools (Bloomsbury, 2008) and Is Religious Education Possible? (Bloomsbury, 2006).