Department of


Randall Curren

Research Interests

Ethics, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Education, Ancient Philosophy

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • PHL 229/429  Philosophy of Education

Selected Publications

Selected Books
  • Aristotle on the Necessity of Public Education (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
  • (Editor) A Companion to the Philosophy of Education (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2003; 2006; Shanghai: East China Normal UP, 2011, Simplified Character Chinese Edition, transl. Peng Zhengmei). 
  • Education for Sustainable Development: A Philosophical Assessment (London: PESGB, Impact Series, 2009). Republished on-line:
Recent Articles
  • “Virtue Ethics and Moral Education,” in Michael Slote and Lorraine Besser-Jones, eds., Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics (London: Routledge, 2015).
  • “Can Virtue be Measured?” (R. Curren & B. Kotzee), Theory and Research in Education 12(3) (Nov. 2014).
  • “Judgment and the Aims of Education,” Social Philosophy & Policy 31(1) (Fall 2014).
  • “Motivational Aspects of Moral Learning and Progress,” Journal of Moral Education. Published on-line August 28, 2014, with print to follow.
  • “A Neo-Aristotelian Account of Education, Justice, and the Human Good,” in K. Meyer, ed., Education, Justice, and the Human Good (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 80-99.
  • “Defining Sustainability Ethics,” in M. Boylan, ed., Environmental Ethics, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), pp. 331-45.
  • “Aristotelian Necessities,” The Good Society 22(2) (Fall 2013): 247-63. Available at:
  • “What Humans Need: Flourishing in Aristotelian Philosophy and Self-Determination Theory,” (R. M. Ryan, R. R. Curren, and E. L. Deci), in A. S. Waterman, ed., The Best Within Us: Positive Psychology Perspectives on Eudaimonia (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2013), pp. 57-75.
  • “The Prima Facie Case against Homeschooling,” (Randall Curren & J.C. Blokhuis), Public Affairs Quarterly 15(1) (Jan. 2011): 1-19.
  • “Aristotle’s Educational Politics and the Aristotelian Renaissance in Philosophy of Education,” Oxford Review of Education 36(5) (Oct. 2010): 543-559.  Reprinted in C. Brooke & E. Frazer, eds., Ideas of Education: Philosophy and Politics from Plato to Dewey (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 21-37.  Reprinted in R. Smith, ed., Philosophy of Education II: Major Themes in Education (London: Routledge, 2014).