The research group Philosophical Studies of Education (PSE) organises researchers who engage in foundational questions concerning education and pedagogy in their widest sense. Through historical and philosophical perspectives, we aim to study and elucidate central questions, controversies and subjects concerning educational processes and relations.

About the research

Working with the history of educational ideas, philosophy, philosophy of science and pedagogy from both continental and analytical positions we work towards exploring the metaphors, examples and vocabulary available to pedagogues, teachers and educational researchers.

Members of the research group are active participants in international philosophy of education conferences and networks such as the annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, the annual meeting of the Philosophy of Education Society, and the philosophy of education network at ECER.

The research group publish articles in journals such as Journal of Philosophy of Education, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Educational Theory and Ethics and Education.

The research group is based at the Department of Childhood, Education and Society (BUS).

Examples of projects carried out within the research group are

  • investigations of the conceptual boundaries of educational theory,
  • explorations of the role of the teacher,
  • investigations into the relationship between politics, ethics and education,
  • investigations of the aims of education and conceptual studies of the institutional frameworks of schools and preschools.

Open seminars

The research group welcomes new members with an interest in the philosophy of education and educational theory.

Open seminars autumn 2022

5 October

13.15-15.00 Room: Orkanen: D328

Gunnlaugur Magnusson & Johannes Rytzler: 'Towards a Pedagogy of Higher Education'.

14 October

12.05-13.00 Room, Niagara: NI:A0510

Lunch talk. Theme: Problem-Solving and Progression
Short introduction: Kristine, Morgan and Christian

11 November

12.05-13.00  Room, Niagara: NI:A0510

Lunch talk. Theme: Cancel Culture and Education
Short introduction: Anita

16 November

13.15-15.00 Room: Orkanen: E439

PESGB paper workshop.

23 November

13.15-16.00 Room: Orkanen: E439

Arendt Colloquium; Pia Rojahn: 'On the importance of Judgement for the Bildung of teachers', Paulina Sosnowska: 'On violence'.

7 December

10.15-12.00 Room: Orkanen: E439


9 December 

12.05-13.00   Room, Niagara: NI:A0510

Lunch talk. Theme: Work or Play in Education?
Short introduction: Maja