‘We need to talk about happiness’ … Eduzone, 18th October


‘We need to talk about happiness’ … is the proposition from our first speaker, Dr Ruth Cigman, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education, London, at our next meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, Dundee branch, on 18th October. Dr Cigman’s work is in ethics and the philosophy of education, with special reference to literature, emotion and the nature of thinking. Her recently published works focus on what it is to live well and to think about living well. Ruth has also written about philosophy of music, animal ethics, disability, and medical education.

Our second speaker is Euan Macpherson. Euan has broad experience of working at school, further and higher education levels and his presentation will focus on Consciousness-based Education, the significance of which is that it recognises three components to the philosophy (and delivery) of education, where standard educational practice traditionally recognises one. Consciousness-based Education is not currently being delivered in Scotland and Euan’s discussion of this topic is therefore timely and apposite.

Everyone welcome – colleagues and students – and you don’t need to be a philosopher to be able to contribute to and enjoy the discussion. Just someone with a lively mind and an interest in the world of education.

We supply the refreshments – and we would be delighted if you could bring a friend along to enjoy the speakers and the discussion. Please register with inspirED@dundee.ac.uk if you would like to come along so that we can cater appropriately. Thank you.

Saturday 18th October – Eduzone – Main Library

10 am – refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally with colleagues

10.30 – Dr Ruth Cigman, Institute of Education, London – working title ‘We need to talk about happiness’

12 noon – Euan Macpherson, Consciousness-based Education

1pm – close

Dr Lorraine Anderson FRSA FHEA
Secretary, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB) Dundee branch

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