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Andrew Fisher

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2000 with a first class honors degree in Philosophy and an MPhil. I then completed a PhD at St Andrews University and graduated in 2004. The title of my thesis is 'Naturalism, Normativity and the "Open Question" argument' and was supervised by Professor John Skorupski. In the thesis I argued that reductive accounts of morality will always fail, due to the normativity of morality; and that this is best illustrated via the 'Open Question' argument. I started work as a Teaching Fellow at The University of Nottingham in 2003, I was then promoted to Lecturer in 2006, then to Associate Professor in 2010. In 2009 I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (full 60 credits). In 2010 I graduated from Nottingham with an MA in Higher Education. In 2011 I was appointed the first Director of Teaching for the Faculty of Arts, in 2015 I applied for and was awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching Summary

I love all aspects of teaching and I am fascinated by the philosophy of education, and what a University should be. I am passionate about the transformative features of education and the way… read more

Research Summary

I am currently working on the relationship between A-Level Philosophy at degree level philosophy. I have an ongoing interest in the philosophical aspects of Philosophy for Children I am… read more

Recent Publications

  • FISHER, A and TALLANT, J, 2016. How to Get Philosophy Students Talking: An Instructor's Toolkit Routledge.
  • FISHER, A, 2016. Making Philosophy Students (even more) employable Teaching Philosophy. 39(4), (In Press.)
  • FISHER, A, 2016. “Philosophy, Pedagogy and Professional Development” Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis. 37, (In Press.)

I would be very interested in working with PhD students on the following broad themes:

1. Metaethics - e.g. moral realism, moral psychology, moral ontology, the link between metaethics and normative ethics

2. Philosophy of education - e.g. analytic philosophy of education; virtue and vice epistemology; indoctrination; the performative nature of teaching; the phenomenology of learning; power in the classroom

3. Philosophy for Children - e.g. what is P4C and how does it relate to critical thinking? the role of questioning; the role and nature of creativity; ideology and the education of children.

4. Philosophy of Higher Education - e.g. what is a university for? widening participation and the University; A-level as a preparation (or not) for HE; Internationalization; technology and education; MOOCs and the nature of the classroom; educational spaces/architecture and teaching; the value of the Arts and Humanities.

These are just some suggestions. I'd love to hear from you if you are thinking of doing a PhD and we can work something out together. Just drop me an email.

I love all aspects of teaching and I am fascinated by the philosophy of education, and what a University should be. I am passionate about the transformative features of education and the way education can raise aspirations. It is for this reason that I regularly engage with the community by teaching Philosophy in local primary schools. I was the Director of Teaching for the Faculty of Arts and am currently a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I'll be on research leave Autumn 2019

Current Research

  • I am currently working on the relationship between A-Level Philosophy at degree level philosophy.
  • I have an ongoing interest in the philosophical aspects of Philosophy for Children
  • I am jointly supervising with Dr Neil Sinclair) two PhD students:
  • Mark Dimmock - who is working on Error-Theory in Ethics
  • Luke Taylor - who is working on a theistic defence of Moral Realism.
  • I jointly supervise with Professor Pat Thomson (Education) Julia Molinari - who is working on the nature of academic writing.
  • See our student's profiles here: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/philosophy/research/research-postgraduates-in-the-department.aspx

Past Research

  • I successfully supervised (with Dr Neil Sinclair 50/50) PhD student Greg Scorzo whose thesis discussed the epistemological weight of evidence in favour of moral realism

Future Research

  • I am interested in most aspects of metaethics. In particular, I'm interested in areas of moral ontology and moral psychology.
  • G. E. Moore's Moral Realism.
  • I'm interested in the question 'What is teaching?'
  • Philosophy for Children

I'd be really interested to hear from anyone wanting to write a PhD thesis on any aspect of metaethics, the philosophy of education and Philosophy for Children.

  • FISHER, A and TALLANT, J, 2016. How to Get Philosophy Students Talking: An Instructor's Toolkit Routledge.
  • FISHER, A, 2016. Making Philosophy Students (even more) employable Teaching Philosophy. 39(4), (In Press.)
  • FISHER, A, 2016. “Philosophy, Pedagogy and Professional Development” Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis. 37, (In Press.)
  • FISHER, A, EXLEY, K and CIOBANU, D, 2013. Using Technology to Support Learning and Teaching Routeldge.
  • 2012. The Word of Faith Movement: Are we little gods?. In: Philosophical Explorations of New and Alternative Religious Movements Ashgate.
  • FISHER, A and TALLANT, J, 2012. Multimedia Innovation in the Philosophy of Language Research in Learning Technology. 4(2),
  • 2011. Metaethics: An Introduction Acumen.
  • BAKER, G, ed., 2011. Academics in Schools: Mapping the Pedagogical Interface Continuum.
  • 2011. Teaching Children to Think: Some Reflections on Teaching Philosophy in Primary Schools. In: Arts Academics in Schools: Mapping the Pedagogical Interface Continuum.
  • 2010. Cognivitivsm without Realism. In: The Routledge Companion to Ethics Routledge.
  • 2010. Learning in Virtual Worlds. In: Teaching for Integrative Learning
  • 2009. How effective are Reusable Learning Objects at supporting didactic lectures?. In: Teaching for Integrative Learning
  • 2007. Why Shouldn't Philosophers Teach Medical Ethics? Discourse. 227-236
  • KIRCHIN, S, ed., 2006. Arguing About Metaethics London.
  • 2005. Good, God and the Open Question Argument Religious Studies. 41(3),
  • 2005. Watching Sport but Who is Watching? Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. 32(2),
  • FISHER, ANDREW, The Metal Scene and The Bible: Meaning, Accuracy and Silence Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. (In Press.)

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