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David Bakhurst

David Bakurst

John and Ella G. Charlton Professor of Philosophy

B.A. (Keele), D.Phil. (OXON)

Specialization: Epistemology, Metaphysics, Ethics, Russian Philosophy 
Office: Watson Hall 
Office Hours: N/A 
Phone: (613) 533.6000 ext. 77037 




David Bakhurst has taught at Queen’s since 1990. His philosophical interests include metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of education, and Russian philosophy and psychology. He is the author of Consciousness and Revolution in Soviet Philosophy(Cambridge, 1991) and The Formation of Reason(Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), and co-editor of The Social Self (Sage, 1995), Jerome Bruner: Language, Culture, Self(Sage, 2001), and Thinking About Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy (2013).  He has also published many articles in journal and books. Before taking up his present position at Queen’s, David worked at Oxford University and the University of California, San Diego.  In 2001-02, he was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and he presently holds up a visiting professorship at the Institute of Education, London.  He held an honorary chair in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK from 2003 to 2006.  David has visited Moscow many times, studying at Moscow University in the early 1980s and collaborating with colleagues at the Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences and the Institute of Philosophy. 

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An interview with David appears in 3AM magazine: