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

Chapters in books

Stonehouse, P., Allison, P. and Carr, D., 2009
Aristotle, Plato and Socrates: Ancient Greek perspectives on experiential learning

in Beyond Dewey and Hahn: Standing on the shoulders of influential experiential educators, Ed. Smith, T. & Knapp, C., pp. 29-41, Wisconsin: Raccoon Institute Publications.

Carr, D., 2008
Practical reason

in Moral Education: A Handbook, Ed. Power, G. F., Nuzzi, R. J., Narvaez, D., Lapsely, D. K. & Hunt, T. C., Wexport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Carr, D., 2008
The fact-value distinction
in Moral Education: A Handbook, Ed. Power, G. F., Nuzzi, R. J., Narvaez, D., Lapsely, D. K. & Hunt, T. C., Wexport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Carr, D., 2008
Rights, duties and responsibilities
in Education for Citizenship and Democracy, Ed. Arthur, J., Davies, I. & Han, C., London: Sage.

Carr, D., 2008
Character education as the cultivation of virtue
in Handbook of Moral and Character Education, Ed. Nucci, L. P. & Navaez, D., Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Carr, D., 2008
Practical reason moral virtue and professionalism in teaching
in Leaders in Philosophy of Education, Ed. Waks, L. J., Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Carr, D., 2008
Virtue Ethics and the Influence of Aristotle

in Contemporary Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives on Moral Development and Education, Ed. Fasko, D. & Willis, W., Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Carr, D., 2008
Virtue Ethics

in Moral Education: A Handbook, Ed. Power, G. F., Nuzzi, R. J., Narvaez, D., Lapsely, D. K. & Hunt, T. C., Wexport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

Carr, D., 2007
On the grammar of religious discourse and education

in Inspiring Faith in Schools, Ed. Felderfof, M., Thompson, P. & Toverell, D., Aldershot: Ashgate.

Carr, D., 2007
On the prospects of chastity as a contemporary virtue

in Sex and Ethics: Essays on Sexuality, Virtue and the Good Life, Ed. Halwani, R., pp. 89-100, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Carr, D., 2005
Rival conceptions of practice and teaching

in Major Themes in Education: Teacher Education, Ed. Whitehead, M. & Hartley, D., Routledge/TaylorFrancis.

Carr, D., 2005
Teaching

in Key Questions for Educators, Ed. Hare, W. & Portelli, J. P., Halifax, Nova Scotia: Edphil Books.

Carr, D., 2005
Is teaching a skill?

in Motivating Science: Science Communication from a Philosophical, Educational and Cultural Perspective, Ed. Sanitt, N., pp. 163-173, Luton: The Pataneto Press.

Carr, D., 2005
Virtue Ethics and the Influence of Aristotle

in Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives on Moral Development and Education, Ed. Fasko, D. & Willis, W., Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Carr, D., 2005
Philosophy and the Idea of a Christian University

in The Idea of a Christian University, Ed. Walker, A., pp. 200-217.

Carr, D., 2005
Abstinence
in Sex from Plato to Paglia: A Philosophical Encyclopaedia, Ed. Soble, Alan, Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press.

Carr, D., 2005
Mary Wilson Warnock

in Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Philosophers, Ed. Brown, Stuart, London and New York: Thoemmes Press.

Carr, D., 2004
Problems of values education

in Values, Education and the Human World: Essays on Education, Culture, Politics, Religion and Science (The Victor Cook Lectures). St Andrews's Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs, pp. 14-30, Exeter: Imprint Academy.

Carr, D., 2004
Liberal tolerance and traditional wisdom in sex education

in Analytisch Filosoferen over Opvoeding en Onderwijs: Liber Amoricarum voor Ben Spiecker, Ed. Goenendijk, L. F. & Steutel, J., pp. 97-105, Amsterdam: Uitgeverij, SWP.

Carr, D., 2004
Auden's great healers: Blake, Lane and Lawrence on human nature, society and education

in Philosophy and it's Public Role: Essays in Ethics, Politics, Society and Culture, pp. 53-68, Exeter: Imprint Academic.

Carr, D., 2003
Three concepts of spirituality for spiritual education

in Philosophy, Spirituality and Education, Ed. Carr, David & Haldane, John, London: Routledge.

Carr, D., 2002
Personal and moral selfhood

in Personal and Moral Identity, Ed. Musschenga, A.W., van Haaften, W., Spiecker, B., Slors, M., pp. 97-106, Dordrecht: Kluwer.

Edited Books

Ed. Carr, D., 2003
Philosophy, Spirituality and Education

London: Routledge.

Journal articles

Carr, D., 2009

Virtue, mixed emotions and moral ambivalence
Philosophy, Vol. 84(1), pp. 31-46.

Carr, D., 2009
Narrative and emotion in music: seeking wisdom and truth in music education

Research Studies in Music Education, Vol. 31, pp. 90-95.

Carr, D., 2009
Revisiting the liberal and vocational dimensions of university education

British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 57(1), pp. 1-17.

Carr, D., 2008
Music, spirituality and education

Journal of Aesthetic Education, Vol. 42(1), pp. 16-29.

Carr, D., 2008
Religion, liberalism and education: a response to Roger Trigg

Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, Vol. 29(1), pp. 93-96.

Carr, D., 2008
Soul, freedom and salvation: a literary, cinematic and musical journey to the crossroads

Journal of Beliefs and Values: Studies in Religion and Education, Vol. 29(1), pp. 39-49.

Carr, D., 2007
Religious education, religious literacy and common schooling: a philosophy and history of skewed relection

Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 41(4), pp. 659-673.

Carr, D., 2007
Character in Teaching

British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 55(4), pp. 369-389.

Carr, D., 2007
Moralised Psychology or Psychologised Morality?: ethics and psychology in recent theorising about moral and character

Educational Theory, Vol. 57(4), pp. 389-402.

Carr, D. and Davis, Robert, 2007
The Lure of Evil: exploring the dark side of literature and the arts

Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 41(1), pp. 95-112.

Carr, D., 2007
Towards an Educationally Meaningful Curriculum: epistemic holism and knowledge integration re-visited

British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 55(1), pp. 3-20.

Carr, D., 2006
Moral education at the Movies: on the cinematic treatment of morally significant story and narrative

Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 35(3), pp. 319-334.

Carr, D., Allison, P. and Meldrum, G., 2006
In search of excellence: Towards a philosophically coherent twenty-first century Scottish curriculum

Scottish Educational Review, Vol. 38(1), pp. 13-24.

Carr, D., 2006
The moral roots of citizenship: towards a virtue ethical reconciliation of principle and character in education for effective citizenship
Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 35(4), pp. 443-456.

Carr, D., 2006
The significance of music for the cultivation of moral and spiritual virtue

Philosophy of Music Education Review, Vol. 14(2), pp. 103-117.

Carr, D., 2006
Professional and personal values and virtues in education and teaching

Oxford Review of Education, Vol. 32(2), pp. 171-183.

Carr, D., 2005
Education, Values and Concepts of Citizenship

Growing Citizens, Ed. Storrar, W. & Clegg, C.

Carr, D., 2005
On the contribution of literature and the arts to the educational cultivation of moral virtue, feeling and emotion

Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 34(2), pp. 137-151.

Carr, D., 2005
On Feeling and Emotion in Religious Experience and Understanding

Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol. 26.

Carr, D., 2005
Personal and interpersonal relationships in education and teaching: a virtue ethical perspective

British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 53(3), pp. 255-271.

Carr, D. and Alexander, Hanan, 2005
Philosophical issues in spiritual education and development

The Handbook of Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, Ed. Roehlkepartain, E. C., King, P. E., Wagener, L. & Benson, P. L.

Carr, D., 2004
Moral development: a reply to Richmond and Cummings

Journal of Moral Education.

Carr, D., 2004
On the grammar of religious discourse and education

Zeitschrift fur Erziehungswissenschaft, Vol. 3, pp. 380-393.

Carr, D., 2004
Moral values and the arts in environmental education: towards an ethics of aesthetic appreciation

Journal of Philosophy in Education, Vol. 38, No 2, pp. 221-239.

Carr, D., 2004
Reason, meaning and truth in religious narrative: towards an epistemic rationale for religious and faith school education

Studies in Christian Ethics, Vol. 17, pp. 38-53.

Carr, D., 2004
Music, meaning and emotion

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 62, pp. 225-234.

Carr, D., 2004
Taking narrative seriously: exploring the educational status of story and myth

Philosophy of Education 2003, pp. 81-89, Ed. Alston, Kal.

Carr, D., 2003
Philosophy and the meaning of 'education'

Theory and Research in Education, Vol. 2, pp. 195-212.

Carr, D., 2003
Rival conceptions of practice in education and teaching
Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 37, No 2, pp. 253-266.

Carr, D., 2003
The moral educational implications of rival conceptions of education and teaching
Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 32, 3, pp. 219-232.

Carr, D., 2003
Spiritual, moral and heroic virtue: Aristotelian character in the Arthurian and Grail narratives

Journal of Beliefs and Values, Vol. 24, pp. 15-26.

Carr, D., 2003
Character and moral choice in the cultivation of virtue

Philosophy, Vol. 78, pp. 219-232.

Carr, D., 2003
Diverse Senses of Practice in Education and Teaching

Journal of Philosophy of Education.

Carr, D., 2002
Moral education and the perils of developmentalism

Journal of Moral Education, Vol. 30, pp. 5-19.

Carr, D., 2002
Feelings in moral conflict and the hazards of emotional intelligence

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Vol. 5, pp. 3-21.

Carr, D., 2002
Metaphysics, reductivism and spiritual discourse
Zygon, Vol. 37, 2, pp. 491-509.