Lani Watson is a philosopher. She is fascinated by questions – what they are, how we use them, and why we ask them. Her research focuses on the practice of questioning and how it operates in everyday life, allowing us to have conversations, gather information, and understand our world. She has a special interest in the way we use questions to learn, both in and out of the classroom. In her work, Lani argues that good questioning is a vital skill that should be taught in schools. She uses philosophy, educational theory, and experimental psycholinguistics to present the case in support of educating for the skill of good questioning, as well as the related virtues of curiosity and inquisitiveness.
Lani was a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, at the University of Oklahoma in 2016/17 and completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. Learn more about her thesis, entitled ‘Why Ask: The Epistemology of Questioning’.