Dr Peter Dennis
Position: Teacher of Philosophy and Religion
Department: Chandos House,
Philosophy & Religion
Qualifications: BA Reading, MA Paris Vlll, PhD Reading
Telephone: 01280 818281
Life before Stowe
Before coming to Stowe I was LSE Fellow in Philosophy at the London School of Economics. I did research in epistemology and taught BSc, MSc, and PhD students.
What do you enjoy most about your subject?
What I love most about philosophy is its ability to change the way we live. Questions like “Does God exist?”, “What is virtue?”, and “Is anything known for certain?” force us to think not only about what we believe, but also about how we act. This connection between belief and action is an abiding theme in my teaching—and, when I have the time, in my academic research.
What do you enjoy most about Stowe?
I love the community spirit at Stowe, and the way students and staff look out for one another. The sense of history that you get walking around the various buildings makes you feel part of something incredibly special.
What is your favourite lesson?
Our Third Form course on Social Justice is a pleasure to teach, because it challenges students to think about hard moral questions just at the point when they are discovering them for themselves.
What do others say about you?
My students tell me that I make things simple for them, and am empathetic. I think everyone is a born philosopher, so no part of the subject should be seen as out of reach.
I am the Under Housemaster in Chandos, and run the External Speaker Programme for the Department of Philosophy and Religion. I am also involved with Lower School Academic Scholars, Model United Nations, TSA, and Debating.
My amazing wife. Also travel, poetry, arts and culture.