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John Tillson

Teaching Fellow with academic responsibility within the department for admissions, and outreach activities.

Brief biography

Dr John Tillson, BA in Philosophy, University of Durham; PGCE in Secondary Religious Education, University College London, Institute of Education; MA in Philosophy of Education, University College London, Institute of Education; PhD in Philosophy of Education, Dublin City University, Institute of Education.

John is under contract with Bloomsbury to produce a monograph based on his PhD thesis, entitled 'Children, Religion and the Ethics of Influence'. His thesis was completed on a scholarship from the Irish Centre for Religious Education in 2015. In the final year of his PhD studies he taught undergraduate and postgraduate Philosophy of Education courses at Dublin City University. After defending his PhD thesis and before taking up his current position, 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 on Bernard Williams' metaphysics. He has also presented papers at academic proceedings around Europe, North America and Australasia. He has been awarded honorary lifetime membership of the British Humanist Association, the South Place Ethical Society, and of Trinity College Dublin’s Metaphysical Society. In his current post, John seeks to forge links with schools in order to promote interest in studying philosophy. He is interested to supervise BA and MA theses on his research topics.

Research interests

The ethics and nature of formative influence; Religious Education; Moral Education; Philosophy of Education; Ethical Theory; Philosophy of Religion.

Selected publications


  • Children, Religion and the Ethics of Influence. Under contract with Bloomsbury.

Editorial Roles

  • 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), Richard Bailey (Berlin), Adam Carter (Glasgow), Shaun Gallagher (Memphis), Michael Luntley (Warwick), Katherine Puddifoot (Birmingham), Sophie Stammers (Birmingham), and John Tillson (Liverpool Hope).

Journal articles

Book chapters

Book reviews

Year book articles

Creative philosophical writing

Links to other profiles
Google Scholar
Times Educational Supplement



Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick

Room: S2.47

Email: J dot Tillson dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk