Prof. Paul Smeyers

Board Member, Editor of Ethics and Education

Paul Smeyers is since October 2018 Emeritus Professor (KU Leuven). He taught at KU Leuven and Ghent University (both in Belgium) philosophy of education and methodology of the Geisteswissenschaften (Qualitative/Interpretative Research Methods). He is the author of numerous articles focusing on Wittgenstein’s relevance for philosophy of education, on postmodernism, and on issues of the methodology of educational research. He was President of the International Network of Philosophers of Education(2012-2018) and link-convenor for Network 13, Philosophy of Education (2010-2018), European Educational Research Association. He is since 2014 the Editor of Ethics and Education(Taylor and Francis). Together with Nigel Blake, Richard Smith, and Paul Standish he co-authored three books, Thinking Again, Education in an Age of Nihilism, and The Therapy of Education; with Michael Peters and Nick Burbules Showing and Doing;and with Richard Smith, Making sense of education and educational research(Cambridge University Press,  2014). With Marc Depaepe he co-edited the series Educational Research (Springer, 12 books) and with David Bridges, Morwenna Griffiths, and Nick Burbules he co-edited the International handbook of interpretation in educational research methods (2 vols., Springer, 2015). Recently he edited the International handbook of philosophy of education (2 vols., Springer, 2018). His latest work focuses anew on Wittgenstein’s legacy for philosophy of education. Some of that is included in the collection edited by Michael Peters and Jeff Stickney (A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education. Springer, 2017). Attention to Smeyers’ contributions in this area are discussed in the Foreword (David Bakhurst), the introductory chapter (Editors), and in a separate chapter by Paul Standish.