Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Philosophy for Children

Recently I led an impromptu philosophy discussion in a 2nd grade class. The focus of the discussion was on challenging or puzzling cases and questions, such as:
  • If everything stopped moving, would time stop? (For how long? Could you tell? If so, how?)
  • If you 'woke up' in your friends' body (and your friend woke up 'in' your body), where would you be? What is you anyway?
  • Can you know that you are not dreaming right now? If so, does that mean you don't know that you are in this class right now? 
Different students gave contrary answers to these questions, of course, and we had a good time exploring these answers and seeing where they might lead.

There is a movement in favor of for philosophy for children. If anyone has any recommended sources on philosophy for children, please share them. Here are some sources:

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