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Professor of Ethics and Education: Professor David Carr

David Carr is Professor of Ethics and Education and his principal research interests include:  ethics, virtue ethics and moral education; the nature of professionalism and professional ethics; aesthetics; and education of the emotions. He has written widely in these areas and is the author of Making Sense of Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Theory of Education and Teaching London: Routledge (2003). Recently he has written Virtue, mixed emotions and moral ambivalence in Philosophy Vol. 84(1), pp. 31-46 and Character in Teaching in British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 55(4), pp. 369-389. 

Email: d.carr@bham.ac.uk


Principal Interests

Research interests include:

  • philosophy of education;
  • ethics, virtue ethics and moral education;
  • the nature of professionalism and professional ethics;
  • knowledge, education and curriculum theory;
  • aesthetics;
  • arts education (especially dance, music and literature);
  • education of the emotions. 
Publications

Authored Books

Carr, D. (2016) Perspectives on Gratitude: An Interdisciplinary Approach, London: Routledge.

Carr, D. & Steutel, J. (2014) Virtue Ethics and Moral Education, London: Routledge.

Carr, D. (2012) Educating the Virtues: An Essay on the Philosophical Psychology of Moral Development and Education, London: Routledge.

Carr, D. (2003) Making Sense of Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy and Theory of Education and Teaching. London: Routledge.

Chapters in books

Pantic, N. and Carr, D. (2017) Educating Teachers as Agents of Social Justice: a Virtue Ethical Perspective’, in L. Florian and N. Pantic (eds) Teacher Education for the Changing Demographics of Schooling, Springer.

Carr, D. (2016) ‘Counting blessings: towards a spiritual conception of gratitude’, in Carr, D. (Ed.) Perspectives on Gratitude: An Interdisciplinary Approach, London: Routledge, pp. 169-182.

Carr, D. (2016) ‘Gratitude: an educational postscript’, in Carr, D. (Ed.) Perspectives on Gratitude: An Interdisciplinary Approach, London: Routledge, pp. 229-234. 

Carr, D. (2014) ‘Virtue Ethics: Background and Current Popularity’, in Felderhof, M. & Thompson, P. (Eds.) Teaching Virtue: The Contribution of Religious Education, London: Bloomsbury, pp. 42-53.

Carr, D. (2014). Professionalism, Profession and Professional Conduct: Towards a Basic Logical and Ethical Geography. In: Billett, S., Harteis, C. & Gruber, H. (eds.) International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning. Springer Netherlands.

Carr, D. (2013) Literature, Arts and the Education of Virtuous Emotion. In: van Hooft, S. (ed) The handbook of virtue ethics. Routledge. 

Carr, D. (2013) ‘What Are the Implications of Aesthetics for Moral Development and Education?’, in Sockett, H. & Boostrom, R. (Eds.) A Moral Critique of Contemporary Education: The 113th Handbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, New York: Columbia University: Teacher’s College Press, pp. 80-98

Carr, D. (2013) ‘Religious Meaning, Practical Reason and Values’, in Arthur, J. & Lovat, T. (Eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Education, Religion and Values, London: Routledge, pp. 5-15.

Carr, D. (2013) ‘Understanding Educational Theory: Reflections on the Work of Robin Barrow and John Darling’, in Gingell, J. (Eds.) Education and the Common Good: Essays in Honour of Robin Barrow, London: Routledge, pp. 50-63.

Carr, D. (2012) ‘On the Educational Value of Moral Virtues: Some lessons from ancient philosophy’, in Suggate, S. & Reese, E. (Eds.) Contemporary Debates in Childhood Education and Development, London: Routledge, pp. 307-315.

Edited Books

Carr, D., Arthur, J. & Kristjánsson, K. (Eds.) ( 2017) Varieties of Virtue Ethics, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Ed. Carr, D., (2003) Philosophy, Spirituality and Education. London: Routledge.

Journal articles

Carr, D. (2017). Literature, Rival Conceptions of Virtue, and Moral Education. The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 51(2), 1-16. 

Carr, D. (2017) Virtue Ethics, Moral Education and Ethical Instruction, Europa Forum Philosophie, 66:34-47.

Carr, D. (2016) Kultura I edukacja (Culture and Education), filozofuj! 5 (11): 9-11.

Carr, D. (2016) ‘Academic and Theoretical Perspectives on Character Education’, Research Intelligence, no. 130, pp. 19-20.

Carr, D. (2016) ‘Virtue and Knowledge’, Philosophy, vol. 91, no. 3, pp. 375-390.

Carr, D. (2016) ‘Virtue and Character in Higher Education’, British Journal of Educational Studies [Online]

Carr, D. (2015) Justice, Virtue, and Education, Journal of Schooling Studies 12 (1): 30-39.

Carr, D. (2015) ‘Four Perspectives on the Value of Literature for Moral and Character Education’, Journal of Aesthetic Education, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 1-16.

Carr, D. (2015) ‘The Paradox of Gratitude’, British Journal of Educational Studies, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 429-446.

Morgan, B., Gulliford, L., & Carr, D. (2015) ‘Educating Gratitude: Some conceptual and moral misgivings’, Journal of Moral Education, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 97-111.

Carr, D. (2014) ‘From Gratitude to Lamentation: On the Moral and Psychological Economy of Gift, Gain and Loss’, Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 41-59.

Carr, D. (2014) ‘Diverse Senses, and Six Conceptions, of Education’, Revista Espanola de Pedagogia, vol. 72, no. 258, p. 219.

Carr, D. (2014) ‘Metaphysics and Methods in Moral Enquiry and Education: Some old philosophical wine for new theoretical bottles’, Journal of Moral Education, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 500-515.

Carr, D. (2014) The Human and Educational Significance of Honesty as an Epistemic and Moral Virtue. Educational Theory, 64, 1-14.

Carr, D. (2014) Is gratitude a moral virtue? Philosophical Studies, 1-10.

Cooke, S. & Carr, D. (2014) Virtue, Practical Wisdom and Character in Teaching. British Journal of Educational Studies, 62, 2, 91-110.

Arthur, J. & Carr, D. (2013) Character in learning for life: a virtue-ethical rationale for recent research on moral and values education. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 34, 26-35.