The Philosophers' Magazine 69:90-97 (2015)

Michael Lacewing
University College London
A Platonic dialogue, an undergraduate lecture, an enquiry in philosophy for children (P4C): Are all three activities "philosophy"? Is there a difference between doing philosophy and studying philosophy? What is the importance of philosophy in each guise, and how might the different guises relate to the aims of "teaching" philosophy? Drawing on the work of Bernard Williams, I suggest that doing philosophy involves making sense of our lives, and that this requires a wider knowledge base than traditionally taught in academic philosophy. I argue that both academic philosophy and P4C both involve philosophising, and that this is more valuable than an encyclopedic knowledge of the products of this process - the canon.
Keywords Applied Philosophy  General Interest  Bernard Williams  Philosophy for Children
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ISBN(s) 1354-814X
DOI 10.5840/tpm20156949
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