This site offers up-to-date news about the PER Group (founded 1993) and the journal PROSPERO (founded 1995): also the Editor's philosophical emphases. Site editor: Chris Ormell, Editor of PROSPERO. You can contact us by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.
PER Group 'PER' = Philosophy for Educational Renewal It is an informal group of philosophers, educationalists, teachers and generalists concerned about the drift away from the values of education during the last three decades. It provides a forum for lectures, discussions, symposia etc. where ideas which might assist in a renewal of education can be aired. The remit is to cultivate the kind of philosophy which is needed to provide a basis for a return to genuinely educative schooling and teaching in universities. We hold about five meetings a year mostly in London. Members get about five PER Newsletters and the journal PROSPERO (quarterly).
PHILOSOPHY We belong to the commonsense, Anglo-Saxon, ordinary language, analytical tradition.
We have been analysing educational dilemmas and thorny questions for nearly 24 years. On this website you can find our main conclusions.
QUESTION 1: What can philosophy do for education?
ANSWER: 'Philosophy' is an underdetermined word at the present time. By 'philosophy' we mean a kind of even-handed, apolitical, curious, questing, rational thinking about the big issues facing school and university systems.
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PER NEWS 95 This includes items on maths education, comments on the Times obituaries for Richard Peters and Fred Naylor and a report on Eric Blaire's talk to the group on February 11th. Status: posted to members.
PER NEWS 96 A comment on two anti-managerialism news items. Published in May.
PER NEWS 97 Comments on the talk by Dr Matthew Wilkinson to the PER group at Conway Hall in May.
PER NEWS 98 (September) A Report on Prof. Margaret Brown's 2012 P E R Lecture.
Back copies are available from: Ingleside-Ashby, P.O. Box 16916, Blackheath, London SE3 7WS price £5 plus postage EU £1 extra, Rest of world £2 extra.
Prospero 17-4 was published in December 2011. It contains articles by Prof. Patrick Keeney (3), David Aldridge, David Suttle and Chris Ormell (the 11th instalment of his Re-theorising Education series.). There is also a 4th Anthropic Ontology Annexe which looks at stochastic spin as a way to pick out bodylike bundles of UEs..
Prospero 18-1 was published in March 2012. It contains a Report on Prof. Raymond Tallis' talk to the P E R Group at Swedenborg House, an article by Mary Midgley, a Review by Prof. Patrick Keeney, a Note on Freewill by John Lucas, the final instalment of the Editor's Re-theorising Education series and another Anthropic Ontology Annex.
Prospero 18-2 was published at the end of June. It contains a report on Patricia White's 2011 P E R Lecture, an article by Dr Eric Blaire on Academies, an article by Prof. Michael Langford on freewill and consciousness, a review by Robert Gomme of Martha Nussbaum's defence of the humanities, and an article by Chris Ormell on the nature of philosophy.
Prospero 18-3 will be published in October 2012.