Lecture: Should education be transformative? An Aristotelian critique

Last week, I gave a short paper on transformative learning theory at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. The event was part of an informal lecture series that brings together the Hall’s faculty, fellows, and students for evenings of discussion and conviviality. My paper was an edited version of a talk that I delivered in August for aContinue reading “Lecture: Should education be transformative? An Aristotelian critique”

Lectures: Wisdom, corporate responsibility, and the social role of business

According to Aristotle, a virtue is an enduring disposition that allows a person to think, feel and act well, or appropriately, in a given situation (Nicomachean Ethics 1105b25–6). For example, against the attack of an enemy, the virtuous soldier reacts with courage, not cowardice or foolhardiness. She would direct her thoughts, feelings and actions inContinue reading “Lectures: Wisdom, corporate responsibility, and the social role of business”

World leading? A conversation on responsible leadership

This week The Oxford Character Project launched a series of postgraduate seminars aimed at generating discussion around the nature of responsible leadership. Attending the first session as a shadow facilitator, I was struck by the following comment from one of the participants: ‘We need different character traits when leading different types of organisations’. Having startedContinue reading “World leading? A conversation on responsible leadership”