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12:30 - 13:30 9 September 2015

Tiger mothers and praise junkies: philosophical reflections on contemporary parenting advice


Social Science Research Unit Seminar Room | UCL Institute of Education (link Map)
18 Woburn Square | London | WC1H 0NR | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Judith Suissa, is Reader in Philosophy of Education in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests are in political and moral philosophy, with a particular focus on questions to do with the control of education, social justice, libertarian and anarchist theory, the role of the state, political education, and the parent-child relationship. Her publications include Anarchism and Education; a Philosophical Perspective (Routledge, 2006) and The Claims of Parenting; Reasons, Responsibility and Society (with Stefan Ramaekers, Springer, 2012).

In this talk, Judith Suissa will share her work on discussions of praising children in contemporary parenting advice and popular literature for parents. In exploring some problematic aspects of these discussions, she draws on philosophical work on moral praise and blame, and on her own earlier work on the scientization of the parent-child relationship, arguing that we need a more nuanced and ethically sensitive discussion about the significance of praise within pedagogical relationships.


Dylan Kneale
+44 (0)20 7612 6020 | d.kneale@ioe.ac.uk