While at Warwick, Dr John Tillson was a Teaching Fellow with academic responsibility within the department for admissions, and outreach activities. David Woods has taken over this role. John is now Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at Liverpool Hope University.
- PhD Philosophy of Education, Dublin City University, Institute of Education.
- MA Philosophy of Education, University College London, Institute of Education
- PGCE Religious Education (Secondary), University College London, Institute of Education
- BA Philosophy, University of Durham
John completed his doctoral studies on a scholarship from the Irish Centre for Religious Education in 2015. In the final year of his doctoral studies he taught undergraduate and postgraduate Philosophy of Education at Dublin City University. After defending his thesis he worked as a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, teaching existentialism and the philosophy of education.
He has published peer reviewed articles on Curriculum Theory, Ethics Education, Religious Education, Educational Epistemology and Metaphysics, and Bernard Williams. He has presented papers at academic proceedings around Europe, North America and Australasia, and has been awarded honorary lifetime membership of the British Humanist Association, the South Place Ethical Society, and of Trinity College Dublin’s Metaphysical Society.
The ethics and nature of formative influence; Religious Education; Moral Education; Philosophy of Education; Ethical Theory; Philosophy of Religion.
- Children, Religion and the Ethics of Influence (Bloomsbury, July 2019)
- Guest-editor (with Dave Aldridge) for a symposium of Educational Theory: Cheating Education: the coherence and desirability of technological human enhancement in educational contexts. Contributors: Dave Aldridge (Brunel), Adam Carter (Glasgow), Cian O'Donnell (Bristol), Shaun Gallagher (Memphis), Katherine Puddifoot (Durham), Sophie Stammers (Birmingham), and John Tillson (Liverpool Hope).
- 'Assessment, Truth and Religious Studies', Studies in Philosophy and Education (in press).
- 'Might Knowledge be Insertable?' Educational Theory (in press).
- ‘Is it Distinctively Wrong to Simulate Doing Wrong?’, Ethics and Information Technology 20, No. 3 (2018): 205-217.
- 'Is all Formative Influence Immoral?' Ethics and Education, 13, No. 2. (2018): 208-220.
- 'The Problem of Rational Moral Enlistment'. Theory and Research in Education, 15, No. 2 (2017): 165–181.
- ‘When to Teach for Belief: A Tempered Defence of the Epistemic Criterion’. Educational Theory, 67, No. 2 (2017): 173–191.
- ‘The Possibility of Horizontal Tolerance: A Reply to van Waarden’. Democracy and Education, 25, No. 1 (2017): Article 6.
- ‘Towards a Theory of Propositional Curriculum Content’. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 48, No. 1 (2014): 137–148.
- ‘Is Knowledge What It Claims to Be? Bernard Williams and the Absolute Conception’. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 45, No. 8 (2013): 860 – 873.
- ‘In Favour of Ethics Education, Against Religious Education’. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 45, No. 4 (2011): 675–68.
- ‘Rival Conceptions of Religious Education’ in International Handbook of Philosophy of Education (ed.) Paul Smeyers (Dordrecht: Springer, 2018): 1059-1082.
- 'Sympathy, social stability, and those left out: Querying A Theory of Moral Education'. Journal of Philosophy of Education (forthcoming).
- 'A Review of Walter Feinberg's What is a Public Education and Why We Need it’. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37, No. 5 (2018): 529-536.
- 'Elmer Thiessen and the Ethics of Evangelism'. Journal of Education and Christian Belief, 17, No. 2 (2013): 243-258.
- ‘A Critical Commentary of Richard Bailey’s Philosophy of Education: An Introduction’, in Bajo Palabra, Journal of Philosophy, II Época, 6 (2011): 185 – 190.
- ‘A Critical Commentary of Stephen Law’s The War for Children’s Mind’s’, in Bajo Palabra, Journal of Philosophy, II Época, 5 (2010): 551-556.
Year book articles
- ‘Against a Disguised Defense of Religious Initiation,’ in Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook. Urbana: IL, Philosophy of Education Society (2016): 401 – 404.
- ‘Religious Education and the Floodgates of Impartiality’, in Robert Kunzman (ed.) Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook. Urbana: IL, Philosophy of Education Society (2011): 118 – 123.
Creative philosophical writing
- ‘Modify Your Body!’ Philosophy Now, Issue 91 (2012): 53 – 54.
Links to other profiles
Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick
Email: J dot Tillson dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk