PaTHES is associated with the Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education journal. Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education is an international refereed scholarly journal committed to advancing understanding of the role(s) and purpose(s) of higher education. The journal strives to be inclusive in scope, addressing topics and issues of significance to a wide range of scholars and practitioners concerned with the relationship between higher education and society. Rigorous submissions informed by diverse philosophical and theoretical orientations, including, but not limited to, critical theory, existentialism, feminism, queer theory, post-colonialism, Marxism, liberalism, poststructuralism, postmodernism, and post-humanism will be welcomed. The journal aims to stimulate critical analyses of policy and practice in higher education, with an emphasis on inter-disciplinarity and international perspectives. The content will be primarily philosophical and theoretically-based research papers. Analytical papers that reflect on empirical projects will also be featured in the journal. Short responses to previous articles as well as essay reviews of new works in the field will be considered to promote ongoing critical dialogue within the journal. Proposals for special issues, with thematically linked papers, are encouraged.

Special Issue

‘Imagining the Future University’ is the title of a special issue of  Philosophy and Theory in Higher Education, guest edited by Søren S. Bengtsen and Ronald Barnett.

The special issue arose originally from the first annual PaTHES conference ‘The Purpose of the Future University’, at Aarhus University in the autumn 2017, so the issue has been a little time underway. We appreciate the great efforts, patience and support from all the contributors of the special issue, and the continued work and efforts from executive editor John Petrovic, who has ensured that we now see the result of our work as a team!

Call for review

Are you interested in doing a review of a book for PTHE? Please do not hesitate to contact Responses and Reviews Editor, Daniel Saunders (dsaunder at for more information and to express your interest.

Currently there is a call for review of the recently published The Fully Functioning University (Bourner, Rospigliosi and Heath, 2020).

Recent books by PaTHES members

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