Mary Warnock: Ethics, Education and Public Policy in Post-War Britain - cover image

Copyright

Philip Graham;

Published On

2021-12-10

ISBN

Paperback978-1-80064-338-3
Hardback978-1-80064-339-0
PDF978-1-80064-340-6
HTML978-1-80064-664-3
XML978-1-80064-343-7
EPUB978-1-80064-341-3
MOBI978-1-80064-342-0

Language

  • English

Print Length

362 pages (viii+354)

Dimensions

Paperback156 x 25 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.99" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 29 x 234 mm(6.14" x 1.13" x 9.21")

Weight

Paperback1514g (53.40oz)
Hardback1910g (67.37oz)

Media

Illustrations12

OCLC Number

1288664564

LCCN

2021392555

BIC

  • BG
  • HP
  • PDX
  • BGT
  • JN
  • JNF
  • YQJ

BISAC

  • BIO000000
  • BIO022000
  • SCI075000
  • BIO032000
  • SOC026040

LCC

  • B1674.W3354

Keywords

  • ethics
  • cultural history
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Biography
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Mary Warnock

Ethics, Education and Public Policy in Post-War Britain

  • Philip Graham (author)
This biography illuminates the life and thought of Baroness Mary Warnock, whose active years spanned the second half of the twentieth century, a period during which opportunities for middle-class women rapidly and vastly improved.

Warnock was described as ‘probably the most celebrated philosopher in Britain.’ She began her career as an Oxford University philosophy don and went on to become headmistress of an independent girls’ school. Warnock subsequently chaired two select committees which produced reports of lasting significance, first to children with special needs, and second to childless couples. She then became Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge, and an active member of the House of Lords. Alongside these positions, Warnock wrote twenty books, ranging from the fields of philosophy to education and medical ethics. Her ideas were largely in tune with contemporary progressive thinking but late in life Warnock’s extreme championing of assisted dying for older people won her enemies even among progressives.

This authorised biography, written by a friend of the subject, will be of great value to the general reader with an interest in philosophy, ethics, twentieth-century cultural history, and the changing role of women from the 1950s onwards.

Reviews

*[Philip Graham's] book is a serious and intellectual biography but also a readable and entertaining one - no mean achievement. It will appeal to various audiences: for those with an interest in philosophy and ethics, it provides a unique insight into the mind of one Britain's most celebrated thinkers; for social historians, it offers an account of the changing role of women in the late twentieth century; while educational historians will find the chapter on the work of the special needs committee of particular interest. But it will also appeal to the general reader because, above all, it as a fascinating story of the life of a remarkable woman. *

Derek Gillard

Education in England, 2022.

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Contents

1. Changing Times for Women (1950–2000): Two Views from the Top

(pp. 1–20)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.01

2. Blissful Beginnings

(pp. 21–50)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.02

3. Emerging

(pp. 51–82)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.03

4. The Good Life

(pp. 83–116)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.04

5. Fitting It All In

(pp. 117–142)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.05

6. What Are Schools For?

(pp. 143–170)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.06

7. All Change for Special Education

(pp. 171–200)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.07

8. Infertility

(pp. 201–233)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.08

9. What Are Universities For?

(pp. 233–262)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.09

10. Art and Nature

(pp. 263–296)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.10

11. The Manner of Our Deaths

(pp. 297–329)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.11

Preface

(pp. vii–viii)
  • Philip Graham
https://doi.org/10.11647/obp.0278.12