User:Simon Kidd

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Simon Kidd 2013

I studied philosophy, psychology and logic at University College Dublin, and subsequently undertook postgraduate research in philosophy, being awarded a Master degree in 1994. My postgraduate dissertation was titled 'Language and Ideology: The Significance of Hermeneutics and Semiotics for the Theory of Ideology', and it involved an analysis of major figures such as Hegel, Marx, Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur, Habermas and Eco.

During my student years, I acquired a personal interest in Asian and Middle Eastern philosophies and, in 1995, I moved to Cambridge where I was accepted as an MPhil student (preparatory to PhD research) at King's College. The late John Cooper, a Persianist at the University's Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, with a strong interest in Sufism, provisionally offered to supervise my research. Perceiving my interests, he recommended that I produce a survey of the secondary literature on a mid-17th century Persian text called the Dabestan. I spent the summer of 1995 in the University Library, completing this task. My application for funding from the British Council was unsuccessful, however, and I was unable to pursue my formal studies.

While in Cambridge, I worked in bookselling and publishing. I cut my teeth as an editor at The Running Head, and later specialised in document analysis and digital encoding at Griffin Brown. In addition, from 1996 to 1999 I was Assistant Director of the Science and Human Dimension Project, a ‘public understanding of science’ program based at Jesus College and directed by writer, John Cornwell.

I moved to Australia in 2003 and became a citizen in 2005. Between 2003 and 2006 I was the primary carer for my two children, although I also worked part-time as circumstances permitted, first as a philosophy tutor at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, and later in Extension at the University of Western Australia. In 2008 I was employed as a full-time senior research officer at UWA, reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education. In this role I was the executive officer for several committees and working parties, and was closely involved in the University’s major Review of Course Structures, culminating in 2009 in the so-called 'Future Framework'.

In 2011 I completed the Master of Teaching (Primary) degree at UWA. I worked as a primary teacher for four years. In 2017 I started teaching high-school philosophy. I have a particular interest in philosophy in schools (see Philosophy for Children). I was a committee member of the WA Association for Philosophy in Schools from 2009 to 2014, and Secretary from 2010 to 2014.

I started editing Wikipedia in July 2006, under a different user name. In 2009, unhappy with the problems created by Wikipedia anonymity, I decided to edit under my own name.

For even more wordy stuff from me, see my blog

Work Related Activity[edit]

I'm helping edit entries about Western Australian Newspapers as part of my volunteering work at the State Library of Western Australia

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