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.
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)
- Children, Religion and the Ethics of Influence (Bloomsbury, July 2019) Further Information on the book.
- Guest-editor (with Winston C. Thompson) Special Issue: Pedagogies of Punishment, Theory and Research in Education 18, No. 1 (2020): 3-9.
- Guest-editor (with Dave Aldridge) Symposium: Cheating Education: the coherence and desirability of technological human enhancement in educational contexts. Educational Theory 68, No. 6 (2018): 589-594.
'Is Knowledge Insertion Desirable?' Educational Theory, 70, No. 4 (2020): 483-505.
(with Laura Oxley) 'Children's moral rights and UK school exclusions,' Theory and Research in Education 18, No. 1 (2020): 40-58.
- 'Assessment, Truth and Religious Studies', Studies in Philosophy and Education, 38, No. 2 (2019): 195–210.
- 'Might Knowledge be Insertable?' Educational Theory 68, No. 6 (2018): 595-607.
- ‘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.
Book reviews and review articles
- 'Deciding for Others', Educational Goods Book Symposium. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 54 No. 5 (2020): 1349-1355.
- 'Sympathy, social stability, and those left out: Querying A Theory of Moral Education', Journal of Philosophy of Education, 53, No. 4 (2019): 649-655.
- '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 Minds’, in Bajo Palabra, Journal of Philosophy, II Época, 5 (2010): 551-556.
Year book articles
'Knowledge, Moment, and Acceptability’, in Philosophy of Education Society Yearbook. Urbana: IL, Philosophy of Education Society (forthcoming).
- ‘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.
- ‘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