February 2, 2024
What might flourishing look like as collective and individual experiences entangled in environment?
Eri Mountbatten-O’Malley is a senior lecturer in education policy at Bath Spa University and is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research is philosophical in nature and helps us to better understand social problems and social research. Eri’s central pedagogical interest is in nurturing critical thinking and complex concept development in students. Eri’s research interests are at the cross-roads between epistemology and ethics. In particular, he is interested in using philosophical skills to better understand social problems. His interests in concepts such as ‘well-being’ and ‘happiness’ led him to focus his Ph.D. research on a conceptual analysis of ‘human flourishing.’ He has had the opportunity to share his research and read papers at numerous international conferences on the problems of reductionist accounts of normative concepts such as ‘wonder’ and ‘human flourishing’, and will be reading further papers over the coming year on related topics. We discuss:
🥥 How flourishing happens where the inner and outer worlds inter/intra-act;
🥥 How empiricism requires conceptual understanding that cannot easily be measured;
🥥 The dynamic nature of language as encounter.