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Ms Marianne Talbot

Director of Studies
Department for Continuing Education

Rewley House,
Wellington Square,
Oxford OX1 2JA

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Research Interests

Philosophy of mind, ethics (including bioethics), critical reasoning

Marianne Talbot


Bramhall Grammar School, Bramhall, Cheshire (1967-1971)
Open University (1980-1981)
University of London (1982-1985) First Class Honours (Philosophy)
Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, (1985-87)

Core Employment

2000-now: Department of Continuing Education, Oxford University (Director of Studies in Philosophy)

1990 - 2000: Brasenose College, Oxford (College Lecturer in Philosophy)

1987 – 1990: Pembroke College, Oxford (College Lecturer in Philosophy)

Public Appointments and Charitable work:

2009 – now National Ambassadors for CarersUK, Alzheimer’s Research UK and Carers’ Champion for Age UK
2001 - 2007 Trustee, Girls’ Day School Trust (Britain’s largest educational charity)
2000: Member: The Cabinet Office’s project team on Vision and Values
1998- 2001: Government’s advisory group on Personal, Social and Health Education
1998: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority’s advisory group on Preparation for Adult Life
1998: Government’s advisory group on Citizenship and the Teaching of Democracy in Schools (responsible for introducing Citizenship into the National Curriculum)
1996-2000: Headed the Qualification and Curriculum Authority’s work on values and the promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

1996-2000: The RSA’s steering committee for The Forum for Ethics in the Workplace
1998-2002: Member of the University Court, Brooks University, Oxford
1999- 2008: Adviser to the Wellcome Trust on the ethics of the new biotechnology
1997-2000: Adviser to the King’s Fund on values
1996-1999: Adviser to the Institute of Directors on values
1996 -1997: Chair of the National Forum for Values in Education and the Community
1994-2005: Academic Advisor for the State University of New York
1987- 2002: Governor, Oxford Girls’ High School
1985-89: Chair, Oxfordshire Branch of the 300 Group
1985-89: Chair, Philosophy in Britain


2014: Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic (e-book available via iTunes, available via Amazon soon)

2012: Bioethics: An Introduction, Cambridge University Press

2011: Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Dementia, Hay House

2000: ‘Promoting Pupils’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development’ in Education for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development, R.Best (Ed) Continuum Press

1999: How to Write an Effective Mission Statement, How To Books
1998: ‘Against Relativism’, in Education in Morality, J.M.Halstead & T.McLaughlin (Eds.) Routledge

1998: ‘Virtuous Realities’ in The Good Life, DEMOS publications
1997: ‘Shared Values in a Pluralist Society’ in Teaching Right and Wrong, R.Smith & P. Standish (Eds.)Trentham Books

1997: ‘The Cultural Context of Values Education’ in Values and the Curriculum, D.Lawton
1997: ‘Whose Values? Our Values!’ in Education, Public Law and the Individual,Vol. 2, issue 3

1997: ‘Why do Young People Reject Moral Absolutism?’ in Resource, volume 20:3
1994-now: numerous articles in broadsheet newspapers
1987-now: regular broadcasting on local and national radio


Podcasts of my lectures have been being made since 2008. They are released onto the Oxford University Site on iTunesU. Since 2009 I have been consistently in iTunesU’s top ten downloads. Two of my podcasts (A Romp Through the History of Philosophy, and The Nature of Arguments) have been global number one. The former has been downloaded two million times, the latter four million times. The Critical Reasoning series held every single one of iTunesU top ten download positions on 3rd May 2011. The podcasts can be found on or here:


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