The Theoretical and Pedagogical Significance of the Philosophical Novel and Philosophy For/With Children: Introduction to the Special Issue on the Philosophical Novel for Children

Childhood and Philosophy 11 (21):11-22 (2015)

In this paper I provide an introduction to the special issue on the Philosophical Novel for Children by pointing to a lacuna in the theoretical field of philosophy for/with children, suggesting that the field is in need of more research on the philosophical novel given its status as the curricular centerpiece of Matthew Lipman’s vision of P4/WC. I describe the genesis of the idea for this special issue, emerging as it did first from a series of questions and experiences which I encountered while working with Lipman’s philosophical novels as a P4/WC practitioner, then through a scholarly exploration of Lipman’s model theory of the philosophical novel for children, and culminating in the presentation of several of the papers published here at a special symposium on the philosophical novel for children at a meeting of the American Philosophical Association. I conclude with a preview of the papers in this special issue, highlighting several shared themes and concerns
Keywords Philosophical Novel, Matthew Lipman, Philosophical Curriculum, Narrative
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