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David Aldridge : Philosopher and educationalist

David Aldridge : Philosopher and educationalist

David Aldridge lectures in philosophy in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University and his contemporary philosophical work in phenomenology - alongside research into Artificial Intelligence - has served to undermine a number of our most ancient assumptions about the nature of mind and human intelligence.

As a child David combined interests in mythology and ancient literature with reading comic strips in 2000 AD. He went to Oxford University to Study Classics from 1996 -2000 and was rather disappointed after he saw in the new millennium and Rogue Trooper didn’t show up.

As an academic, he retains an interest in science fiction scenarios and dystopian future visions. He is intrigued by our cultural obsession with ‘extinction level’ threats to the human race, including the possibility of transcendent AI, as well as ‘terror management theory’ and our compulsion to overcome human mortality, and he is considering their implications for the policy and practice of educating the young.

Although contemporary philosophical work in phenomenology – alongside research into Artificial Intelligence – has served to undermine a number of our most ancient assumptions about the nature of mind and human intelligence, the vast majority of contemporary educational policy programmes, including the ‘core knowledge’ initiative in the USA, continue to be informed by these flawed principles.

David is concerned that the very epistemological processes employed to model existential futures might themselves be implicated in, and serving to perpetuate, a dehumanising technological mode of thought that could ultimately inaugurate (as Heidegger would have it) a fate worse than the destruction of all life.

David Aldridge lectures in philosophy in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University. He is a regular guest contributor to the Oxford University Uehiro Centre’s Practical Ethics blog, and has written for The Conversation. He has written books on Philosophy and Education and academic papers for publications including Journal of Philosophy of Education and Educational Philosophy and Theory.

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