Department of Education

Research projects

Education, Purpose and Human Flourishing in Uncertain Times (EPHF)

The three-year project explores new understandings of education, purpose and human flourishing through an annual public seminar series, residential visiting fellowships, conferences and publications.

The pathways to human flourishing are staggered and, though data demonstrates we are living longer and healthier lives, our futures are increasingly uncertain.

The project probes the concept of human flourishing and the focus to date on very narrow outcomes such as income, health or measure of positive affect. It engages with scholars who have suggested that human well-being or flourishing consists in a much broader range of states and outcomes that also encompass happiness and life satisfaction, meaning and purpose, character and virtue, and close social relationships. It examines the purposes of education in the face of current uncertainties and explores how education could support pathways to human flourishing in different contexts, proposing that education in a constantly changing world is dynamic, its purposes varied, and it’s form multifarious.

A seminar series will be held each Hilary Term on a different related theme.

This project was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.

  • Seminars Year 1: 2020-2021

  • Seminars Year 2: 2021-2022

  • Seminars Year 3: 2022-2023

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