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Prof John Vorhaus
55-59 Gordon Square
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Tel: 020 7612 6432
  • Professor of Moral and Educational Philosophy
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Undergraduate and postgraduate training in philosophy, followed by a stint of lecturing (Bristol University); time away from the ivory tower teaching philosophy in prisons and in adult and community education; a period spent (co)directing two government funded research centres working on adult learning; presently teaching philosophy, at UCL IOE, UCL philosophy department, and, in my spare time, HMP Wormwood Scrubs.   

Research Summary

Areas of interest: normative ethics; applied ethics; political philosophy; disability and special educational needs.

Primary research interest: moral status, particularly as this applies to people with profound learning difficulties.

Secondary research interest: degrading treatment and punishment as this applies to prisoners and other persons in detention. 

I have written on: human dignity; respect; equality; citizenship; capability theory; dependency; vulnerability; care; prisoners' rights; personhood; models of disability.  

Two current projects:

human moral status: exploring the view that all human beings, irrespective of (dis)ability, are fundamentally equal - are one another's equals

collecting testimony about the lives of people with profound learning difficulties from parents, carers, teachers, therapists, psychologists, nurses, musicians, actors, neuro-disability specialists.

Teaching Summary

Applied Ethics (UCL)

Profound Cognitive Impairment (UCL)

Rights and Education (IOE)

Rights, Equality and Justice (IOE)

Children with Disabilities (IOE)

Mind and Epistemology (IOE)

Introduction to Philosophical Research (IOE)

10 PhD students; 2 EdD students

I welcome MPhil/PhD applications from students who share the interests I spell out in my 'research summary'.

01-OCT-2015 Professor of Moral and Educational Philosophy   UCL IOE, United Kingdom
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