IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Moral education for Metaphysical Animals

18 May 2022, 5:30 pm–7:15 pm

Woman looking at her reflection. Image: Sergiu Vălenaș, Unsplash.

In this seminar, David Bakhurst will discuss understandings of education and philosophical challenges.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Judith Suissa


Room 418 (Committee Room 2)
20 Bedford Way

Claire Mac Cumhaill and Rachael Wiseman’s 'Metaphysical Animals' and Benjamin Lipscombe’s 'The Women Are Up to Something' provide fascinating insights into the life and work of Elizabeth Anscombe, Iris Murdoch, Philippa Foot, and Mary Midgley. Together as Oxford students in the 1940s, their subsequent work challenged philosophical orthodoxies of the day. 

In this seminar, David will explore their insight regarding the understanding of education, particularly moral education. The Quartet’s style of moral philosophy has been developed by others, but many illuminating ideas remain unexplored.  

As 'Metaphysical Animals' reveals, this philosophy is very much alive. Equally alive are enduring impediments to its proper understanding.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in philosophy of education, moral philosophy and moral 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 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

David Bakhurst

George Whalley Distinguished University Professor at Queen's University, Ontario

David's 'Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy' (Cambridge, 1991) represents the first critical history of Soviet philosophical culture. The primary research was conducted in Moscow under the mentorship of Felix Mikhailov. Bakhurst has also written extensively on epistemology, metaphysics, Wittgenstein, ethics and philosophy of education.

His publications include 'The Formation of Reason' (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and "Education and Conversation" (Bloomsbury, 2016), the latter co-edited with Paul Fairfield. Bakhurst is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Executive Editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Education.