Finding and fostering the philosophical impulse in young people: A tribute to the work of Gareth B. Matthews

Metaphilosophy 39 (1):39–50 (2008)
This article highlights Gareth Matthews's contributions to the field of philosophy for young children, noting especially the inventiveness of his style of engagement with children and his confidence in children's ability to analyze perplexing issues, from cosmology to death and dying. I relate here my experiences in introducing philosophical topics to adolescents, to show how Matthews's work can be successfully extended to older students, and I recommend taking philosophy outside the university as a way to foster critical thinking in young students and to improve the public status of the profession.
Keywords critical thinking  adolescents  philosophy for children
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2008.00523.x
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The Philosophy of Childhood.Rudolf Arnheim - 1997 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 55 (3):330-331.
Philosophy and the Young Child.Gareth B. Matthews - 1980 - Harvard University Press.
Dialogues with Children.Gareth B. Matthews - 1984 - Harvard University Press.
The Summer Philosophy Institute of Colorado.Sara Goering - 1997 - Teaching Philosophy 20 (2):155-168.

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