Sevket Benhur Oral

Sevket Benhur Oral

Sevket Benhur Oral

Assistant Professor



Sevket Benhur Oral’s area of expertise is the philosophy of education across a wide range of international contexts. He is from Ankara, Turkey, and studied sociology as an undergraduate and then English language teaching as a post-graduate. A Deweyan by training, his current research interests span a wide range of cultural and intellectual traditions.

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University, 2007
  • M.A., Teacher Education, Bilkent University, Ankara, 2002
  • B.A., Sociology, Bogazici University, Istanbul, 2000

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.

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