Stylianos Tavoularis

Stylianos Tavoularis

Teacher of Philosophy, TOK Coordinator 


  • BA in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology, University of Athens
  • MA in Classics, University of Durham
  • PhD in Philosophy, University of Sheffield

I have originally started my teaching career in the academia in Sheffield and Crete as a part-time instructor and adjunct lecturer respectively. However, instead of pursuing tenure, I have been offered the opportunity to teach philosophy and theory of knowledge in the IB and I have been so fascinated by it that I decided to make a career change for good. I have since worked in IB schools in Greece, Saudi Arabia, Armenia, Spain and China. Of all those, I flourished in UWC Dilijan and decided to return to facilitate philosophy and lead ToK once more.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach? 
My favourite part is political philosophy as an optional theme.

Which teaching method do you prefer and why?
The perfect environment in my classroom is when students manage to take ownership of philosophical questions and relate them to issues they face in their everyday life.

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
I am inspired by John McDowell, a contemporary philosopher who rediscovered the value of continental philosophy within the analytic context.

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
I can’t live for long without my family and philosophy.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing basketball and taking long walks.