Location: University of Warwick
Certification: Level 3
MA Philosophy and Literature
PhD Philosophy and Children's Literature (Current)
Phil first trained with the Philosophy Foundation in 2013 whilst doing his PhD in philosophy and children's literature at Warwick University. His thesis concerns exploring the notion of the 'childlike learner' in nineteenth-century children's literature and the role this idea can play in contemporary theories of knowledge and education. He continues to do his PhD part time and work in local schools whilst also doing various other pedagogical roles at the university such as module leader, seminar tutor, staff and student support officer, and women's american football coach. He is currently designing university modules on imagination, creativity, and ethics and children's literature. All of this draws upon and gives back to the principles of The Philosophy Foundation.
Phil contributed to The Philosophy Foundation's book 'The Philosophy Shop', has written poetry for the journal 'PHIction: A Journal of Philosophy in Literary Arts', and has an essay forthcoming in the collection 'Philosophical Approaches to Children's Literature' called 'Nostalgia and a childlike epistemology'. He has also given various talks on the childlike learner, pedagogical methods when working with students and staff, testimony and trust in children's literature, and the role of children's literature in philosophy.