I am a philosopher, teacher, and manager, currently living in Crete, Greece. I have called my website ‘Conversations and Contexts’ because those words capture a lot of what I do. I have experience as a researcher in philosophy, a lecturer in colleges and universities, a manager in higher education, a teacher in primary education, a human resources manager in the private sector, and other roles. But all my activities essentially involve conversing with people — talking through things, analysing problems (both theoretical and personal), and working to find solutions that balance competing needs and demands. And in all my work I try to take account of the particular context of the problems and opportunities I encounter. I believe that finding effective solutions and managing successful projects involves paying careful attention to needs, expectations, and concerns of all the people involved.
The title also makes reference to my doctoral thesis, in which I reevaluated Grice’s theory of conversational implicature and argued that implicature is more heavily context-dependent that Griceans recognize.
This website contains information about me and my professional activities, including details of my philosophical research, teaching experience, and publications, together with my blog, where I post on on education practice and policy, philosophical topics, and other things that interest me. The site also makes available teaching materials I have prepared (including an introduction to philosophy written for the UK’s Open University) and video projects created by my students and me.