IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Care ethics, recognition and educational encounters: from reader to Ricoeur

25 May 2022, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

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Join this seminar to hear Pip Bennett discuss the set of needs generated by identity.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Judith Suissa


Room 418 (Committee Room 2)
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Both the ethics of care and many educational endeavours seek to meet certain needs in those being cared for and educated.

Through the work of Soran Reader and Paul Ricoeur, this seminar will explore a set of needs generated by the identity of the person in question. 

Identity as 'whatness' and identity as 'whoness' are distinguished with the latter being of more normative significance than the latter, whether in care ethics or in educational contexts. The account theorised is illustrated through an example taken from Roald Dahl's Matilda.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in moral education and care ethics.

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.

Covid-19 measures

To minimise Covid-related risks for in-person attendees at our events we will facilitate social distancing where possible. We strongly encourage attendees to wear a mask while in our buildings. We ask that those registered for our events do not attend in-person if they are showing respiratory symptoms. Thank you for your co-operation.

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About the Speaker

Pip Bennett

Pip is a third year PhD Candidate at IOE. His research interests include feminist moral philosophy and philosophy of education. Prior to his current period of study he taught predominantly mathematics in primary and secondary schools for more than decade.

More about Pip Bennett