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

Mary Warnock: Ethics, Education and Public Policy in Post-War Britain Philip Graham
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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.


Mary Warnock: Ethics. Education and Public Policy in Post-War Britain
Philip Graham | December 2021
362 pp. | 12 colour illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781800643383
ISBN Hardback: 9781800643390
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781800643406
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781800643413
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781800643420
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781800643437
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0278
BIC: BG (Biography: general), HP (Philosophy), PDX (History of Science), BGT (Biography: science, technology and medicine), JN (Education), JNF (Educational strategies and policy), YQJ (Educational: Social sciences); BISAC: BIO000000 (BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General), BIO022000 (BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women), SCI075000 (SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects), BIO032000 (BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Social Activists), SOC026040 (SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Social Theory); OCLC Number: 1288664564.


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Contents

Preface Download
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1. Changing Times for Women (1950–2000): Two Views from the Top Download
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2. Blissful Beginnings Download
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3. Emerging Download
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4. The Good Life Download
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5. Fitting It All In Download
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6. What Are Schools For? Download
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7. All Change for Special Education Download
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8. Infertility Download
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9. What Are Universities For? Download
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10. Art and Nature Download
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11. The Manner of Our Deaths Download
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List of Figures

Bibliography

Index

Philip Graham is Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry, University College, London. Before retirement, he was a consultant in child psychiatry at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. Other positions he has held include Dean of the Institute of Child Health, London, President of the European Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultant Adviser in Child Mental Health to the World Health Organisation, Chair of the National Children’s Bureau, Chair of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Chair of Dignity in Dying. He has published a large number of articles and books in his professional field as well as books of wider interest including a biography of another educationist, Susan Isaacs.