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John Tillson

While at Warwick, Dr John Tillson was a Teaching Fellow with academic responsibilities for admissions, outreach and recruitment activities. David Woods has taken over this role. Dr Tillson is now Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at Liverpool Hope University. He discusses his research in this interview with Richard Marshall for 3:16. His recent paper on the morality of school exclusions was picked up by various news outlets.


  • 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.

Research interests

The ethics and nature of formative influence; philosophy of education; discipline for children; educational epistemology; religious education; moral education; moral and political philosophy; philosophy of religion.

Research grants and scholarships

  • Research Grant: Principal Investigator ($39,969.50) with Winston Thompson, ‘Pedagogies of Punishment: How and Why Should Schools Punish Students (If At All)?' awarded by the Centre for Ethics and Education (2019-2020)

  • PHD Scholarship (€51,000), awarded by the Irish Centre Religious Education (2012 - 2015)

  • Doctoral Award Scheme (£12,000), awarded by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, declined in favour of the ICRE Scholarship (2012)
  • MA Scholarship (£3,624), awarded by the Conway Hall Ethical Society (2009 - 2010)

Selected publications


Editorial Roles


Book chapters

Book reviews and review articles

Year book articles

Other 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