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The Australian National University

Winifred Lamb

Position: School Visitor

School or Centre: Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory



PhD in Philosophical Theology (Charles Sturt University)

PhD in Philosophy of Education (University of Hong Kong)

M.Ed in Philosophy of Education and Curriculum (University of Sydney)

BA Honours  – Subjects: English, History and Philosophy (University of London)

PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) – Teaching Subjects: History and English (University of London)

MA in Philosophy of Education & Religious Education (University of London)


Winifred teaches Philosophy and English at Narrabundah College in the ACT. Since 2004, she have been involved in writing and developing a Philosophy course for Year 11 & 12 students in the ACT which students can take as a Major for their tertiary entrance package. She is a member of SOPHY [Society of Philosophy for the Young] through which she has offered training workshops for teachers of philosophy in schools.  She holds PhD’s in Philosophy of Education and Philosophical Theology and has published in those areas. She is particularly interested in the role of philosophical education in the personal development of senior secondary students and in the counter-cultural potential of the subject.



God Down Under: Theology in the Antipodes, co-edited with Ian Barns  (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003).

Living Truth and Truthful Living: Christian faith and the scalpel of suspicion (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2004)

Book Chapters:

‘Philosophising on Saturday’: faith and the philosophical life, in Ruth E Groenhout & Marya Bower eds. Philosophy, Feminism & Faith (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2003).

‘Knowledge as an end in itself?’: economic rationalism and ‘human being’, in Katherine Barnes and Jan Lloyd Jones eds.,Words for their Own Sake: The Pursuit of Literature in an Economic Rationalist World (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Press, 2003).

Living a Lie? Christian faith and atheism from suspicion, in Livio Dobrez, Patricia Dobrez & Jan Lloyd Jones eds., An ABC of Lying (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Press, 2004).

‘We already know what is good and just…’: idolatry and the scalpel of suspicion, in Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Kevin White eds., Negotiating the Sacred: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in a Multicultural Society (ANU e-press, 2006)

 ‘The truth looks different from here’: faith, education and dialogue, in Elizabeth Burns Coleman & Kevin White eds, Religious Tolerance, Education and the Curriculum (Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers, 2011).

Journal articles:

‘Facts that stay put’: Protestant fundamentalism, epistemology and orthodoxy, Sophia [Journal for philosophical theology and cross-cultural philosophy of religion & ethics], Vol 37, # 2, 1998.

The ‘whole child’ in education, British Journal of Philosophy of Education, 35 (2), 2001.

Philosophy for Children and the ‘whole child’, Journal of Philosophy in Schools, Vol 2, No. 2, 2015.

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