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T. Ryan Byerly

T. Ryan Byerly is a virtue theorist and philosopher of religion at the University of Sheffield in the UK. His recent books include Putting Others First: The Christian Ideal of Others-Centeredness and Introducing Logic and Critical Thinking: The Skills of Reasoning and the Virtues of Inquiry.

T. Ryan Byerly Mar 6, 2019

Teaching students to think for themselves, to inquire independently, or to exercise intellectual self-reliance is all the rage. This is true of both educational theory and educational practice. For example, Harvey Siegel, one of the world’s leading philosophers of education, says, “Our educational obligation is not to deliver our students to flourishing lives (or happy ones), but rather to prepare them to consider for themselves (among many other things) the virtuousness of the virtues and their place in their own lives” (emphasis added).

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