Dr. Sevket Benhur Oral started his career as a Deweyan pragmatist. His primary area of scholarship concerns the educational relevance of some of the contemporary European philosophical movements of thought. He deploys these schools of thought to inquire into what we can broadly refer to as the transformations of human subjectivity. He problematizes education as a field primarily preoccupied with the study of what subjectivity entails and the transformations it undergoes.
Dr. Oral’s teaching interests include educational philosophy and theory; curriculum theory, design and implementation; and project-based learning, especially in STE(A)M. He teaches English Communication I and II, Environment and Society, and a preparatory course in the humanities for students in the pre-medical program.
Dr. Sevket Benhur Oral’s area of expertise is philosophy of education. He started his career as a Deweyan pragmatist. His focus now is on contemporary issues in continental philosophy. He is particularly interested in the works of Graham Harman, Quentin Meillassoux, and Ray Brassier, along with Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. He has an abiding interest in East Asian philosophies, particularly the Kyoto school of philosophy thinkers. His main research areas are social and philosophical foundations of education, Dewey studies, and ontological studies in education.