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Professor David Webster

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David Webster
Foundation College

Director of SOAS Foundation College

Professor David Webster
Email address:
+44 (0) 207 898 4592
SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Library Room E15


Professor Webster has taught religious studies and philosophy for over 20 years, and been involved in academic leadership, often in relation to learning and teaching. He writes about Buddhist philosophy, Higher Education and various topics where Religious Studies, Spirituality, popular culture and Philosophy overlap. He blogs at and is on twitter as @davidwebster.



Authored Books

Webster, David R (2012) Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and Unhappy. Winchester: Zero.

Webster, David R (2005) The Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon. London: Routledge Curzon, Taylor & Francis Group.


Webster, David R and Rivers, Nicola (2018) 'Resisting resilience : disrupting discourses of self-efficacy'. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, (27) 4, pp 523-535.

Robertson, Iain J and Webster, David R (2016) 'People of the croft: visualising land, heritage and identity'. cultural geographies, (24) 2, pp 311-318.

Webster, David R (2008) 'A View from the Crossroads : a dialogue'. Buddhist Studies Review, (25) 1.

Webster, David R (2008) 'A Year in the Blogosphere: Case Study'. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2, pp 86-88.

Webster, David R (2005) 'The Weary Buddha Or Why the Buddha Nearly Couldn't Be Bothered'. Buddhist Studies Review, (22) 1, pp 15-25.

Webster, David R (1999) 'A Review of Liberalism, Equality and Cultural Oppression (Andrew Kernohan 1998) and Liberalism, Perfectionism and Restraint (Steven Wall 1998)'. Philosopher's Magazine 6, pp 55-55.

Webster, David R (1998) 'The Buddha in the Machine: Buddhism and Artificial Intelligence'. Philosopher, (86) 1.

Book Chapters

Webster, David R (2008) 'Death and Religion'. In: Earle, Sarah and Komaromy, Carol and Bartholomew, Caroline, (eds.), Death and Dying : A Reader. London: SAGE Publications, pp 42-47.

Webster, David R (2008) 'Buddhist Approaches : not 'what' but 'how'?'. In: Cheetham, David and King, Rolfe, (eds.), Contemporary Practice and Method in the Philosophy of Religion. London: Continuum, pp 87-100.

Webster, David R (2007) 'Even Philosophers Get the Blues'. In: Wynn, Neil A., (ed.), Cross the Water Blues African American Music in Europe. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, pp 39-50.

Webster, David R (2003) 'Some explanatory notes on Buddhism'. In: Astley, Jeff and Brown, David and Loades, Ann, (eds.), Evil : a reader. London: T & T Clark Continuum.

Conference Items

Webster, David R and O'Leary, Ros (2017) 'What is Academic Challenge? Vulnerability, Resilience, Grit, Stretch, Toughness and Conceptualising the Student Experience' In: 10th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2017). [Unpublished]

Webster, David R (2013) 'Social Media, Educational Engagement and Ethical Boundaries' In: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. [Unpublished]


Webster, David R (2015) 'Audio/Grid Feedback: finding the right blend'. [Unpublished]

Webster, David R (2015) 'In Cordoba with Dr Roy Jackson'.

Webster, David R (2015) 'Resilience and Melancholy'.

Webster, David R (2015) 'Electronic Dance Music, Neo-Liberalism and Philosophy'.

Webster, David R (2014) 'Psychedelic Drugs and Mystical Experience: an Interview'.

Webster, David R (2014) 'Talking about religion and fandom: from Jedi and Vampires to Game of Thrones'.

Webster, David R (2014) 'Paganism in daily life?'.

Webster, David R (2014) 'Indigo Children'.

Webster, David R (2014) 'Who is the Audience for Contemporary Spiritism?'.


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