David Lewin


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Philosophy of Education (continental philosophy: Heidegger, Ricoeur); Religion and education (secular and postsecular); Theoretical and philosophical considerations of modern technology; Alternative Education (particularly Krishnamurti schools); Ethical theory and education. Science and Religion (relations in education)


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Personal profile

Personal Statement

I am Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education at Strathclyde University. I teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within Education Studies. I am the course Leader for Joint Honours Education, and students on that programme are welcome to contact me at any time by email. My office is also on 2nd floor of Lord Hope and students are also welcome to come along to talk with me (best to make an appointment in case I am out).

My research interests include philosophy of education, philosophy of religion and philosophy of technology. I am author of Technology and the Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge Scholars 2011) and have co-edited (with Todd Mei) From Ricoeur to Action: the Socio-Political Significance of Ricoeur’s Thinking (Continuum 2012) and (with Alexandre Guilherme and Morgan White) New Perspectives in Philosophy of Education (Bloomsbury 2014) as well as numerous articles and chapters. I have recently published 'Educational Philosophy for a Post-secular Age' (Routledge, 2016).


Current Projects

  • Technology and Christian Flourishing (2018-2020): https://www.christianflourishing.com/
  • Co-edited book with Karsten Kenklies East Asian Pedagogies: Education As trans-/formation across cultures and borders (Springer 2019)
  • Co-edited book with David Aldridge: 'Love and Desire in Education, A Special Issue of Journal of Philosophy of Education' (2019)

Other Recent Publications

  • Recent Reviews of my work

  • Educational Philosophy for a Postsecular Age


  • Talks:
    • PES Seattle 2017
    • PESGB Oxford 2017
    • Gregynog Conference, 24th-26th Jul 2017
    • Winchester University, 28th Nov 2016
    • Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education, 8th Oct 2016
    • International Network of Philosophers of Education, Warsaw, Poland, 17th Aug 2016
    • Philosophy of Education conference, Tilos, Greece, 3rd Jul 2016
    • Christchurch University, Canterbury, 25th May 2016
    • Leicester People's University, 14th May 2016
    • Philosophy of Education, Toronto, Canada, Mar 2016
    • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, Oxford, Apr 2016
    • British Educational Research Association, Leeds, Sep 2016
    • University of Liverpool: 1-3 Jul 2015, Silence: A Semiotics of (in)Significance. Title: Silence and Attention in Education
    • Oxford University: 26th-29th Mar 2015. Philosophy of Education Conference (PESGB) Title: ‘Education without how: the paradoxes of educational and spiritual interventions’
    • Cambridge University: 13th Nov 2014. Philosophy of Education Seminars. Title: ‘Humanising Online Pedagogy: technology, attention and education’

 Research Supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential doctoral students with interests in religion and education, secularism and secularisation, philosophical perspectives on pedagogy and technology 

Research Interests

David's research interests focus on the intersections between philosophy of education, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of technology. He has published articles on wide-ranging topics such as contemplation, attention, hermeneutics, and digital pedagogy. See publications list

  • Review work (Journals):
    • Reviewer for British Educational Research Association, Philosophy of Education Special Interest Group
    • Reviewer for The Journal of the Philosophy of Education
    • Reviewer for Educational Philosophy and Theory
    • Reviewer for Journal of Education and Christian Belief
    • Reviewer for Angelaki: The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
    • Book Review Editor for Medieval Mystical Theology: The Journal of the Eckhart Society
  • Review work (books):
    • Routledge (Philosophy of Technology)
    • Routledge (Philosophy of Education)


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Kent

External positions

External Examiner (MA Philosophy of Education), University College London, Institute of Education

1 Sep 201930 Sep 2022

PhD Examiner, University of Stirling

12 Oct 2017 → …

External Examiner (PhD), University of Stirling


External Examiner (PhD), University College London, Institute of Education


External Examiner (Education Tripos), University of Cambridge



  • philosophy
  • Religions and Spiritualities
  • Technology, Education, M-Learning
  • Martin Heidegger
  • Secularisation
  • Postsecular
  • Alternative education
  • Ethical theory

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Research Output

Between horror and boredom: fairy tales and moral education

Lewin, D., 17 Feb 2020, In : Ethics and Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Introduction: love and desire in education

    Aldridge, D. & Lewin, D., 23 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Philosophy of Education. 53, 3, p. 457-459 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  • Prizes

    Travel funding

    David Lewin (Recipient), 17 Mar 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Religion, Reductionism and Pedagogical Reduction

    David Lewin (Speaker)
    2 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Universal Individuals: National Education in a Globalised Age

    Karsten Kenklies (Speaker), David Lewin (Speaker), Paul Adams (Speaker), Hei Hang Hayes Tang (Speaker)
    10 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk