Key Research Interests and Expertise

Research publications 


Hinchliffe, G (2017), Education, Learning and Freedom in Journal of Philosophy of Education 


Hinchliffe, G (2013), On the need for well-founded Educational Authority in England, Oxford Review of Education, 39 (6). pp. 1-17 

Hinchliffe, G (2011), What is a Significant Educational Experience, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol 45, No 3, p. 417-432 

Hinchliffe, G and Jolly A (2011), Graduate Identity and Employability, British Educational Research Journal, Vol 37, No 4, p.563-584

Hinchliffe, G (2010), Action in a Shared World, Teachers College Record, Vol. 112, No. 2,  p. 446-463

Hinchliffe, G (2009), Capability and Deliberation, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 28. No. 5, p. 403-413

Hinchliffe, G and Terzi, L (co-editors), Introduction to special issue of Studies in Philosophy and Education titled “Capability and Education”

Hinchliffe, G (2007), Truth and the Capability of Learning , Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 41 No 2, p.221-232.

Hinchliffe, G (2007) Beyond key skills: a capability approach to personal development, Prospero, Vol. 13 , p. 5-13.

Hinchliffe, G (2006) Plato and the Love of Learning, Ethics and Education, Vol. 1, No 2, p.117-131.

Hinchliffe, G (2006), Rethinking Lifelong Learning, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 25, p.93-109.

Hinchliffe, G (2004), Work and Human Flourishing, Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 36.No 5, p.525-547.

Hinchliffe, G (2002), Situating Skills, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 36.2, p.187-205.

Hinchliffe, G (2001) Education and Pedagogy, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Vol. 35.1, p.31-46.


Other research activity



Geoff Hinchliffe is working on a book provisionally entitled Beyond Modernity: New Horizons for Education which argues that a narrative of education for the 21st century needs to re-acquaint itself with both Enlightenment and Romantic values.


Liberty and Education: a civic republican approach (2014, Routledge)  

This book takes the thinking of Quentin Skinner, Phillip Pettit and J.G.A. Pocock on republican liberty and explores the way in which this can be used to illuminate educational practice. It argues that republican liberty is distinct from both negative and positive liberty and its emphasis on liberty as non-domination gives the concept of liberty a particularly critical role in contemporary society. The book formulates and expounds the idea that an empire of liberty requires the existence of what are termed ‘liberty-bearing agents’ and shows how education – with a particular emphasis on knowledge - is needed to foster the human powers so that persons can become liberty-bearing.


Dr. Hinchliffe  has given papers over the last 10 years to a range of conferences including Philosophy of Education Society (PESGB), British Educational Research Association (BERA), Human Development Capabilities Association (HDCA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE). In addition to this, Geoffrey has also given a number of talks at conferences and seminars on graduate skills and employability.



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