Dr John Howes

Dr Howes is the President of Learningguild. He is a Victorian Rhodes Scholar, and has been a schoolteacher in England, Lecturer in Classics at the University of Queensland, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Melbourne, and Professor and Head of the Philosophy Department at Cape Town, where he lectured on Mill’s Liberty and wrote against apartheid and in favour of an open society. After he and Margaret and their four children returned to Melbourne, he taught in colleges of the University of Melbourne, and for fifteen years maintained a cycle of three courses in philosophy for the Council of Adult Education, producing a book on logic related to a course of the same name, Wonder and Reason. He then (in 1995) began the Learningguild philosophy seminar. He helped Sir Desmond Lee to revise the Penguin edition of Plato’s Republic, and continues to study and write about Greek philosophy, in which he earned his doctorate. As well as in the writing and speaking of English, and in many branches of philosophy, he will gladly tutor people in Latin, classical Greek or New Testament Greek. He has maintained the examination for the Learningguild Certificate in Reasoning and Expression and edited Learningguild Letter, each twice-yearly, since beginning them in 1987 and 1989 respectively. In the Australia Day Honours for 2014 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal “for service to education, and to the community”. He is happy to assist students in a wide range of humanities subjects.