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‘The Metrics and Aesthetics of University Performance’, Professor Amanda Fulford

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Thursday 18 April 2024





Online via teams, Online study



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Join us online on Thursday 18 April for this seminar presented by Professor Amanda Fulford as part of the Higher Education Research Network (HERN) seminar series.

Event details

The seminar explores the distinction between the metrics and aesthetics of university performance through the work of the French philosopher and playwright, Gabriel Marcel, and his idea of the difference between a problem and a mystery, arguing that the aesthetics of university performance can be likened to Marcel’s idea of a mystery. The central analysis of the paper, using examples from sport, is in making the claim that the aesthetics of performance differs from the metrics of performance in three distinct ways. First, there is a shift from the collective to the individual; second, there is a shift in orientation from the future to the present, and finally, there is a focus on means rather than ends.

About the speaker

Amanda Fulford is Professor of Philosophy of Education and Associate Dean for Research and Impact in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University. Her research in the fields of public and community philosophy and the philosophy of higher education is infomed by American pragmatism, the Transcendentalist essayists and poets, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and by the work of Stanley Cavell and Martin Buber.

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Running order (Online)

  • 3.30pm Welcome and introductions
  • 3.40pm Presentation by Professor Amanda Fulford
  • 4.20pm Q&A/discussion
  • 5pm Close

Seminar hosted by the Higher Education Research Network (HERN).

Who is this event for?

Current staff Current students Researchers