Teaching Fellow with academic responsibility within the department for admissions, and outreach activities.
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.
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. Under contract with Bloomsbury.
- 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).
- 'Assessment, Truth and Religious Studies', Studies in Philosophy and Education (in press).
- 'Is it Distinctively Wrong to Simulate Doing Wrong?' Ethics and Information Technology (in press).
- 'Might Knowledge be Insertable?' Educational Theory (in press).
- '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.
- '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