11th EPI Symposium

Philosophy as Askesis

9781137574954.inddMarch 11, 2016 | 2:30 – 4:30 PM
Neville Scarfe Library Block, Room 278

Philosophy as Askesis with Bruce Moghtader. Bruce will also discuss the topic embraced by his recently published book entitled, Foucault and Educational Ethics.

In the Apology, Socrates defended himself against the charges of corrupting the youth and disclosed that he had been trusted with the task of taking care of others. In Socrates’ dialogues, philosophy as an activity of truth telling was not to arrive at true propositions or statements, nor to gain political power, but to actively examine thought and condct. Foucault (2011) highlights that Socrates took care of others so they might “learn to take care of themselves.” Together we will explore: What are some of the implications of approaching philosophy as askesis (an act of care) in philosophy for children?


Bruce is part of the team of Vancouver Institute for Philosophy for Children (VIP4C). His research interests are ethics and history of ethics in educational practices. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Post- Baccalaureate in education philosophy from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Arts in human development, learning, and culture at the University of British Columbia. He is currently working at the University of Victoria as an educator.