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

Studied and taught philosophy, University of Bristol; time out from the ivory tower teaching philosophy in prisons and in adult and community education; (co)directed two government funded research centres working on adult learning; since 2003 teaching philosophy at UCL IOE and, since 2014, UCL philosophy department, and, in my spare time, HMP Wormwood Scrubs.   

Research Summary

Areas of interest: applied ethics; political philosophy; disability and special educational needs; human rights; degrading treatment and punishment.

Principal research interest: moral status, respect, dignity, dependency, capability, vulnerability, disability.

Additional research interest: degrading treatment and punishment, as this applies to prisoners and people held in detention centres.  

I have written on: human dignity; respect; equality; citizenship; capability theory; dependency; vulnerability; care; personhood; disability; prisoners' rights; degrading treatment and punishment. 

Current projects: 

moral status and disability: 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.

making films about young people with profound learning difficulties - how they are included in interactive theatre; how they are taught and cared for in special schools. 

dignity and degradation: a study of the role of human dignity in an account of degrading treatment and punishment in the context of international human rights law. 

Teaching Summary

Applied Ethics (Department of Philosophy)

Profound Cognitive Impairment (Department of Philosophy)

Protecting dignity (Department of Philosophy)

Rights and Education (IOE)

Rights, Equality and Justice (IOE)

Children with Disabilities (IOE)

Mind and Epistemology (IOE)

Introduction to Philosophical Research (IOE)

11 PhD 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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