Honors Department Clarkson University Candidate for Director of the Honors Program

Peter Bradley 

Director of the Honors Program, Ferris State University will speak on 

Education as Utopia 

In his unfinished work ‘New Atlantis’, Francis Bacon imagines the wonders of  ‘Saloman’s House’, an institution for wholly dedicated to attaining “the  knowledge of causes and the secret motions of things; and the enlarging of the  bounds of human empire.” Educational theorists from Plato to Nussbaum have  posited different ends of education and educational institutions, from creating a  just society to human flourishing. These thinkers, like utopian authors, highlight  problems in our existing society by imagining institutions free from those  problems. In this paper, I hope to show that understanding the ends of education  as counterfactual utopian hypotheses sheds new light on this philosophical and  literary tradition. 

Friday May 7, 2021 

8:00 A.M. 



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