IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Professional judgement, agency and capability

08 June 2022, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

Filming a group discussion. Photo by Vanilla Bear Films / Unsplash.

Hear Geoffrey Hinchliffe exploring the connection between judgement and agency and showing why judgement is an important indicator of agency.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to





Judith Suissa


Room 102 (Drama Studio)
20 Bedford Way

Please note: the title and speaker previously advertised has changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

A willingness to make judgements and, indeed, the enjoyment of judging is more than the exercise of agency: it lies at the root of our freedom and well-being. 

Through judging we express our agency and the conditions of such a capability – the capability of judgement – require a respect and acknowledgement of the free individual. So a recognition of the significance of judgement is not only a sign of a flourishing professional practice, it is a sign of a flourishing free society. 

Geoffrey will use one or two familiar examples to illustrate this.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in philosophy of education, citizenship education, drama education, and philosophy of language.

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 the Centre for Philosophy 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

Geoffrey Hinchliffe

at University of East Anglia

Geoffrey Hinchliffe teaches at the School of Education, University of East Anglia. In the past, Geoff has worked in commercial computing, adult education and academic staff development. He has published several articles in the philosophy of education and is author of the book Liberty and Education.

He is currently researching on the relation between citizenship and education. He also has an interest in vocational education, especially the role of professional  judgement.