Dr Gilbert Burgh

Senior Lecturer

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56348


Gilbert teaches Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy and Education and Moral and Political Philosophy. He is active in bringing the ideas and practices of philosophy to public forums and issues, including: philosophy cafes, philosothons, public debates and since 1990 he has been promoting philosophy in schools. He was the founding president of the Queensland Association of Philosophy in Schools (1994-6), and president of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (2002-3).

Research Interests

  • Research areas
    Educational philosophy (philosophy functioning educationally); Ethics, and social and political philosophy, esp. democracy, citizenship, alternatives to electoral politics, democracy and education, and deliberative politics.
  • Current Research Projects
    John Dewey’s theory of democracy and education; Matthew Lipman’s practice of philosophy as the methodology of education; the philosophical development of ‘community of inquiry’ in educational discourse; collaborative inquiry-based teaching and learning through philosophy.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Burgh, Gilbert and Thornton, Simone (2017). From Harry to Philosophy Park: the development of philosophy for children resources in Australia. In Maughn Rollins Gregory, Joanna Haynes and Karin Murris (Ed.), The Routledge international handbook of philosophy for children (pp. 163-170) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Thornton, Simone and Burgh, Gilbert (2017). Making peace education everyone’s business. In Ching-Ching Lin and Lavina Sequeira (Ed.), Inclusion, diversity and intercultural dialogue in young people's philosophical inquiry (pp. 55-65) Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

  • Burgh, Gilbert (2017). Philosophy in Schools: An Australian perspective. In Saeed Naji and Rosnani Hashim (Ed.), History, Theory and Practices of Philosophy for Children: International Perspectives (pp. 157-166) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Nichols, Kim, Burgh, Gilbert and Fynes-Clinton, Liz (2017). Reconstruction of thinking across the curriculum through the community of inquiry. In Maughn Rollins Gregory, Joanna Haynes and Karin Murris (Ed.), The Routledge international handbook of philosophy for children (pp. 245-252) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Burgh, Gilbert (2014). Creative and lateral thinking: Edward de Bono. In D. C. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy (pp. 187-189) Thousand Oakes, CA, United Sates: Sage. doi:10.4135/9781483346229.n86

  • Burgh, Gilbert (2010). Citizenship as a Learning Process: Democratic education without foundationalism. In Darryl R.J. Mracer and Souria Saad-Zoy (Ed.), Asian-Arab Philosophical Dialogues on Globalization, Democracy and Human Rights (pp. 59-69) Bangkok Thailand: UNESCO, Regional Unit for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific.

  • Burgh, Gilbert (2008). P4C in Australia: Interview with Gilbert Burgh by Saeed Naji. In Saeed Naji (Ed.), Philosophical Inquiry for Children: Interviews with Some Leaders of Philosophy for Children throughout the World (pp. x-x) Tehran, Iran: Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies.

  • Burgh, Gilbert (2007). Aesthetic Encounters of the Human Kind (Foreword). In Marshall, Lyne (Ed.), Gleaner or Gladiator: the struggle to create 1 ed. (pp. 6-9) Tallegalla, Queensland: Art Clique Projects.

  • Burgh, G. (2005). From Socrates to Lipman: Making Philosophy Relevant. In Daniel Shepherd (Ed.), Creative Engagements: Thinking with Children Vol. 31 ed. (pp. 25-31) Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

  • Burgh, G. (2003). Democratic Education: Aligning curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and school governance.. In Philip Cam (Ed.), Philosophy, Democracy and Education APPEND Phil. Series: Vol. 4 ed. (pp. 101-120) Seoul, Korea: Korean National Commission for UNESCO.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Burgh, Gilbert and Thornton, Simone (2016). Philosophy for children in Australia: then, now, and where to from here?. In: 45th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia: Re-engaging with politics: Re-imagining the university. 45th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia, Melbourne, Australia, (). 5-8 December 2015.

  • Burgh, Gilbert and Thornton, Simone (2015). Engagement as dialogue: Camus, pragmatism and constructivist pedagogy. In: PESA Conference 2014 Conference Papers. Education as Philosophies of Engagement: 44th Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), Hamilton, New Zealand, (26-45). 22-25 November 2014.

  • Park, Ji Yong and Burgh, Gilbert (2013). Culturally inclusive design in a multicultural society: dualism, monism, and holism. In: Korea Digital Design Council Corporate Office, KODDCO 2013 International Design Conference: Cross Point of 'E to W'. KODDCO 2013 International Design Conference, New York, NY, USA, (29-32). 2 August, 2013.

  • Scholl, R., Nichols, K. and Burgh, G. (2009). Philosophy for children: Towards pedagogical transformation. In: Teacher education crossing borders: Cultures, contexts, communities and curriculum; Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA). Annual Conference of the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA), Albury, NSW, Australia, (1-15). 28 June - 1 July 2009.

  • Burgh, G. (2009). Professional development and training: A case of initiative, inventiveness and re-adaptability. In: Jinfen Yan and David E. Schrader, Creating a Global Dialogue on Value Inquiry: Papers from the XXII World Congress of Philosophy (rethinking Philosophy Today). XXII World Congress of Philosophy, Seoul, Korea, (5-13). 30 July - 5 August, 2008.

  • Burgh, Gilbert (2009). Reconstruction in philosophy education: The community of inquiry as a basis for knowledge and learning. In: Proceedings of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia 2008 Conference. The Ownership and Dissemination of Knowledge, Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference, The Queensland University of Technology, (65-1-65-12). 4-7 December 2008.

  • O'Brien, M., Byers, H. K., Huber, T. L., Jacobsen, I., Bulmer, M., Burgh, G., Crosthwaite, C. A., Harrison, J. and Hughes, C. P. (2005). Actualising research-led teaching and learning within university curriculum. In: Challenging issues for teaching and learning in 21st century. Effective Teaching and Learning Conference, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, (). 3-4 November, 2005.

  • Burgh, G. and Davey, S. L. (2004). Learning for democracy: Caring, dialogue and deliberative communities. In: Rick Flowers, Papers and Abstracts: Education and Social Action Conference 2004. Education and Social Action Conference, Sydney, Australia, (328-335). 6-8 December 2004.

  • Burgh, G. (2003). Human Resource Development in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implications for education (English/trans. Vietnamese). In: Dr Habil. Pham Minh Hac, Research on Culture, Man and Human Resources at the Beginning of the 21st Century. Res. on Culture, Man & Human Res. at the Beginning of 21st Cen, Hilton Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, (163-166). 27-28 November 2003.

  • O'Brien, M. and Burgh, G. (2001). Revisioning SOSE: Examining the Role of Philosophy in Contemporary Social Education [OBRO1469]. In: AARE Annual Conference held at UWA, Freemantle, WA, December 2001 AARE 2001 Conference Paper Abstracts Alphabetical Index [Electronic Resource]. AARE Annual Conference, University of Western Australia, Freemantle, WA, (OBRO1569). December, 2001.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Dr Gilbert Burgh is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision