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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. He 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, and whether you should (if you could) insert knowledge into your mind in a blog for Psyche. He and Winston C. Thompson discuss their Pedagogies of Punishment project on a recent episode of the Ethics & Education podcast.

His 2020 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)

Selected publications


Reviews: Educational Theory, Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Journal of Beliefs & Values, Teachers College Record, British Journal of Religious Education, Theory and Research in Education,Link opens in a new window

Symposia: Studies in Philosophy and Education 2022 41(1): 111-149, PESGB Annual Meeting 2021, Journal of Philosophy of Education (forthcoming)

Further InformationLink opens in a new window on the book.

Editorial Pieces and roles

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Reprinted in: Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Education (ed.) Kathryn Hytten (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Book Reviews

Invited Replies

Other Writing

Links to other profiles



Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick

Room: S2.47

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