Webinar: Proclaiming the Philosophy of Higher Education: Scope, Character, Potential


Date: November 29, 2022, 20.00 - 21.30 (CET)

Venue: Online via Zoom

Fee: Free


You are all invited to this presentation and discussion of Emeritus Professor Ronald Barnett’s new book Link Arrow The Philosophy of Higher Education: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2022). Barnett will give a presentation of his book followed by comments by Professor Nuraan Davids and Professor Michael Peters. The audience will be invited to take an active part in the discussion too.

The philosophy of higher education is a new sub-field of intellectual inquiry, having just thirty years or so behind it. Already, it is studied across the world, with experienced and newer scholars and research students pursuing an ever-widening array of topics. It has spawned a learned society (Link Arrow PaTHES itself), at least two journals, and two book series (as well as books elsewhere) and sustains conferences and exchanges nationally and internationally, both physical and virtual.

However, until now, there has been no book over these past three decades that has sought to identify the field, and lay out its territory. Ronald Barnett’s recently published book, 'The Philosophy of Higher Education: A Critical Introduction' (Routledge, 2022) seeks to do just this, and to stretch the field even into new territories.

Drawing on the book, in this webinar, Barnett will attempt not simply to locate and describe the field but to make a pitch for a particular conception of the field; not just the philosophy of higher education but a philosophy of higher education that is at once conceptual, societal, critical, spirit-ual, ecological, imaginative and practical, and more or less in that order. This is a philosophy of higher education that is deeply realist – and, indeed, Earthly – but also ideationally open, reaching into utopian and even stratospheric spaces.

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