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Gerry Dunne PhD

Gerry Dunne


01 805 7716
St. Mary’s, Room 222

Gerry is primarily interested in the area of critical thought in higher education. Much of his research is conducted in this area. Other interests include, but are certainly not limited to: ‘expert practitioners and lofty theorists, toward finding a middle ground’, teacher as technocrat or phronimos; argumentation theories; P4T, and the first-personal/third-personal experience of care and compassion in education. 

Section/ Rannóg: Department of Global Diversity, Sustainability & Intercultural Education

Qualifications/ Cáilíochtaí: PhD (TCD) H.Dip.Ed. (TCD) PGDL (KMI) BA English & History (DCU) BA Philosophy & Theology (MI/TCD)

Teaching/ Múineadh:

  • History of Education, B.Ed. I & PME II
  • Philosophy of Education, B.Ed. IV, PME II, MES I
  • Development Education, BSc II
  • Communication Studies, BSc II
  • Dissertation Supervisor, PME II

Research and Professional Interests/Taighde agus Sainspéiseanna
Competing conceptions of critical thought; reasons-normativity; pragma-dialectical approaches to argumentation; social epistemology; applied epistemology; rationality; bayesian epistemology; critical pedagogy; phronetic judgment & pedagogical tact; the epistemic presuppositions underpinning theory/practice nexus; authenticity & wisdom as educational outcomes; applied ethics; teachers'/students' inner life-worlds & Bildung; qualia & ineffability in educational discourse; positionality of learners; flourishing, care, compassion, & meaning in education; the ‘science of wellbeing’; teaching & learning (outsider & insider perspectives); the phenomenology (descriptive) of lived experience; pluralist conceptions of causality in educative processes

Current Projects 
Section Editor of Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory, 2020

Committee/Organisation Memberships/Coistí agus Ballraíochtaí 
ESAI; British Wittgenstein Society; Aristotelian Society; PESGB; Chartered College; BERA

Selection of Recent Publications/Foilseacháin le Déanaí

Dunne & Peters et al., (2019a). Vice Epistemology and Education. In M. S. Peters (Ed). Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Springer (forthcoming)
Dunne (2003). The Work of Irish Missionaries, IMU Press.

Chapters/Journal Articles
Dunne G (2019/20). Vice Epistemology and Education in the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory
Dunne G (2019/20). Epistemic Injustice and Education in the Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory Dunne, G (2018). The Dispositions of Critical Thinkers, Think, Cambridge University Press
Dunne G (2017). “The Philosophy for Children Pedagogy”, invited article, International Learning Teacher Journal.
Dunne G (2016). “Scientism and Roman Catholic Theology: Toward Exorcising the Zeitgeist of Institutionalised Truth”, Think, Cambridge University Press.
Dunne G (2015). “Beyond Critical Thinking to Critical Being: Criticality in Higher Education and Life”, International Journal of Educational Research.
Dunne G (2015). “What is Critical Thinking?” International Learning Teacher Journal.
Dunne G (2016) “The Philosophy for Children Pedagogy”, invited article, International Learning Teacher Journal.

Public Outreach, Commissioned Reports – Online and Print Media Outputs
External Examiner for RCSI in the area of Philosophy in the sciences

Founding member of Philosophy Ireland, a consortium of academics and educators whose primary interest lies in foregrounding the primacy of philosophical questioning and debate in contemporary society. We are fortunate to count of the support of President Higgins and his wife Sabina for such endeavours. And a special mention must go to Joe Humphreys whose ‘Unthinkable’ columns have resurrected public philosophy in recent times.

“What can Philosophy Offer Education?”, invited piece for the Irish Times to celebrate World Philosophy Day, December 2016, available via http://www.irishtimes.com/student-hub/whatcan-philosophers-offer-education-1.2870527

“What is Critical Thinking?”, invited piece for the Irish Times (10 March 2015). Available via: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/can-young-people-be-taught-how-to-thinkcritically-1.2127763

“Test your Critical Thinking Skills”, (10 March 2015). This series of interactive thought experiments sought to stimulate public discussion. We debated the answers together via the Irish Times online platform. Available via: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/testyour-critical-thinking-skills-6-puzzles-1.2133295

Philosophy at Junior Cycle: Co-author of scoping document and syllabus for introduction of philosophy in second-level schools. Available via: http://juniorcycle.ie/NCCA_JuniorCycle/media/NCCA/Documents/Curriculum/Short%20Courses/Philosophy_for-consultation.pdf

Selection of Recent Presentations/Comhdhálacha le Déanaí:
2019: Invited Speaker, NUIG, “Critical Thinking in Higher Education”. 2018: Invited speaker, DCU: “Philosophy for Children: Pedagogy or Philosophy?”
2017/18: TCD, Invited speaker to staff from the Theology Department on: “Absurdity in the work of Albert Camus”.
2017: Invited speaker, UCD Phil Society: “What can Philosophers offer Education?”
2017: Invited Speaker, Foundation for Critical Thinking, Berkeley, USA: “Critical Thinking and Education”.