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    Out of the Ordinary: incorporating limits with Austin and Derrida
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (12): 1337-1352. 2014.
    This article seeks to open up a re-examination of the relationship between thought and language by reference to two philosophers: John Austin and Jacques Derrida. While in traditional philosophical terms these thinkers stand far apart, recent work in the philosophy of education has highlighted the importance of Austin’s work in a way that has begun to bridge the philosophical divide. This article seeks to continue the renewed interest in Austin in educational research, yet also take it in new di…Read more
  •  15
    ‘To Catch at and Let Go’ : David Bakhurst, phenomenology and post-phenomenology
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 52 (1): 87-104. 2018.
    This paper examines David Bakhurst's attempt to provide a picture of ‘the kinds of beings we are’ that is ‘more realistic’ than rationalism. I argue that there is much that is rich and compelling in Bakhurst's account. Yet I also question whether there are ways in which it could be taken further. I introduce the discussion by exploring Bakhurst's engagement with phenomenology and, more specifically, Hubert Dreyfus—who enters Bakhurst's horizon on account of his inheritance of the philosophy of J…Read more
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    Out of the Ordinary: incorporating limits with Austin and Derrida
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (12): 1337-1352. 2014.
    This article seeks to open up a re-examination of the relationship between thought and language by reference to two philosophers: John Austin and Jacques Derrida. While in traditional philosophical terms these thinkers stand far apart, recent work in the philosophy of education has highlighted the importance of Austin’s work in a way that has begun to bridge the philosophical divide. This article seeks to continue the renewed interest in Austin in educational research, yet also take it in new di…Read more
  •  20
    Morals to Maths: Coetzee, Plato and the Fiction of Education
    British Journal of Educational Studies 67 (3): 371-387. 2019.
    In J.M. Coetzee’s novel The Schooldays of Jesus (2016), the question of finding the ‘right education’ for a young child is a central and recurring theme. In particular, the novel presents us with t...
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    Making a drama out of a mental health crisis
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 56 (1): 139-147. 2022.
    Journal of Philosophy of Education, Volume 56, Issue 1, Page 139-147, February 2022.
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    Language Subjects: Placing Derrida’s Monolingualism in Global Education
    Studies in Philosophy and Education 40 (2): 135-148. 2021.
    Derrida’s autobiographical and philosophical text Monolingualism of the Other; or, the Prosthesis of Origin is a partial recounting of his own childhood and upbringing in Algeria at a time when it was a colony of France. It is on one level a reflection on matters related to colonialism, and especially on the effects of the imposition of colonial language upon schooling and wider practices of education and coming into the world. Yet Derrida’s text also opens onto structural questions about estran…Read more
  •  21
    Language's Grace: Redemption and Education in J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 52 (4): 627-641. 2018.
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    Introduction: The crisis in mental health and education
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 56 (1): 4-11. 2022.
    Journal of Philosophy of Education, Volume 56, Issue 1, Page 4-11, February 2022.
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    In Excess of Epistemology: Siegel, Taylor, Heidegger and the Conditions of Thought
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 49 (1): 142-160. 2015.
    Harvey Siegel's epistemologically-informed conception of critical thinking is one of the most influential accounts of critical thinking around today. In this article, I seek to open up an account of critical thinking that goes beyond the one defended by Siegel. I do this by re-reading an opposing view, which Siegel himself rejects as leaving epistemology ‘pretty much as it is’. This is the view proposed by Charles Taylor in his paper ‘Overcoming Epistemology’. Crucially, my aim here is not to de…Read more
  • Editorial
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 54 (3): 489-491. 2020.
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    Balance: Benefit or bromide?
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 56 (4): 535-546. 2022.
    There seem to be obvious virtues to keeping a sense of balance. In this paper, I consider some examples from ordinary life and education where the pursuit of balance would appear to be a benefit. Yet I also draw upon lines of thinking from John Stuart Mill and Adam Phillips to examine whether the apparent good sense of balance can be disturbed. I show how Mill's and Phillips’ ideas extend into a consideration of the aesthetics of balance and the idea that there might be something deceptively all…Read more
  •  9
    Balance: Benefit or bromide?
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 56 (4): 535-546. 2022.
    There seem to be obvious virtues to keeping a sense of balance. In this paper, I consider some examples from ordinary life and education where the pursuit of balance would appear to be a benefit. Yet I also draw upon lines of thinking from John Stuart Mill and Adam Phillips to examine whether the apparent good sense of balance can be disturbed. I show how Mill's and Phillips’ ideas extend into a consideration of the aesthetics of balance and the idea that there might be something deceptively all…Read more
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    ‘Ahead of all Beaten Tracks’: Ryle, Heidegger and the Ways of Thinking
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 47 (1): 53-70. 2013.
    The purpose of this article is to examine two philosophical accounts of thinking—yet examine them anew by considering what I take to be their under-examined relationship. These are the accounts of Gilbert Ryle and Martin Heidegger. It is often supposed that these two philosophers belong to differing, even conflicting, philosophical traditions. However, this article will seek to demonstrate that an unrecognised affinity exists between them on account of their shared endeavour to venture ahead of …Read more
  •  39
    'Ahead of all Beaten Tracks': Ryle, Heidegger and the Ways of Thinking
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 46 (4): 53-70. 2012.
    The purpose of this article is to examine two philosophical accounts of thinking—yet examine them anew by considering what I take to be their under-examined relationship. These are the accounts of Gilbert Ryle and Martin Heidegger. It is often supposed that these two philosophers belong to differing, even conflicting, philosophical traditions. However, this article will seek to demonstrate that an unrecognised affinity exists between them on account of their shared endeavour to venture ahead of …Read more
  •  16
    Sound not Light: Levinas and the Elements of Thought
    Educational Philosophy and Theory 48 (4): 360-373. 2016.
    Can Levinas’ thought of the other be extended beyond the relation to the other human being? This article seeks to demonstrate that Levinas’ philosophy can indeed be read in such a sense and that this serves to open up a new way of understanding human thinking. Key to understanding such an extension of Levinas’ philosophy will be his account of the face and, more particularly, his claim that the relation to the face is ‘heard in language’. Through explicating what is at stake in this claim, we wi…Read more
  •  4
    Introduction
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 55 (3): 425-429. 2021.
    Journal of Philosophy of Education, EarlyView.
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    Writers and their education
    with Liam Gearon
    British Journal of Educational Studies 67 (3): 283-289. 2019.
  •  9
    ‘We are creating conditions for young people that are un-survivable’: An interview with Sanah Ahsan
    with Sanah Ahsan
    Journal of Philosophy of Education 56 (1): 88-93. 2022.
    Journal of Philosophy of Education, Volume 56, Issue 1, Page 88-93, February 2022.
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    Nitric oxide and metastatic cell behaviour
    with Mustafa B. A. Djamgoz
    Bioessays 27 (12): 1228-1238. 2005.
    Nitric oxide (NO) is a pleiotropic signalling molecule that subserves a wide variety of basic cellular functions and also manifests itself pathophysiologically. As regards cancer and its progression, however, the reported role of NO appears surprisingly inconsistent. In this review, we focus on metastasis, the process of cancer cell spread and secondary tumour formation. In a ‘reductionist’ approach, we consider the metastatic cascade to be made up of a series of basic cellular behaviours (such …Read more