Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Eudaimonia
The project contributes to the construction of a novel theoretical framework for citizenship education in the contemporary pluralizing, globalizing and digitalizing world. It studies and develops the philosophical foundations of citizenship education by focusing especially on 1) critical abilities necessary for evaluating different ideologies 2) emotional abilities necessary for encountering differences and 3) the new forms of citizen participation in the era of digitalization and social media. It analyzes the conceptions of rationality and morality in the philosophical theories and brings them into dialogue with recent empirical research results. It draws conceptual tools, among other sources, from the framework of philosophical pragmatism and contemporary discussion on non-ideal theories. The project also develops research methodology that combines empirical and philosophical research in a methodologically sound manner, in order to construct a novel theoretical framework for citizenship education.