Childhood, Philosophy and Play: Friedrich Schiller and the Interface between Reason, Passion and Sensation

Journal of Philosophy of Education 45 (2):235-250 (2011)
Philosophy for Children claims to foster not only critical thinking, but also creative and caring thinking. However, its theoretical foundations draw mainly on the analytic and pragmatist philosophical tradition. Consequently, and made evident by the choice of the terms ‘caring thinking’ and ‘creative thinking’, it seem to reduce these concepts mostly to ‘thinking skills’. In this article I will first briefly explicate the difficulties of such a reduction. Secondly I will try to resolve this problem by embedding rationality, creativity and caring in a more holistic anthropology. To this end I will refer to the German philosopher and poet Friedrich Schiller, who anchors reason and the emotions in aesthetics (that is, the relationship with the sensuous world). Finally, the article calls on the thought of D. W. Winnicott in order to show how Philosophy for Children can embrace an active creation of an emotionally meaningful (caring) and rationally reflected (critical thinking) reality through the sensuous play with concepts (creativity)
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2011.00804.x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,133
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Thinking in Education.Matthew Lipman - 1992 - British Journal of Educational Studies 40 (2):187-189.

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Young Children's Caring Thinking.Chun-Hee Lee & Daeryun Chung - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 27:45-54.
Philosophy for Children.Marzena Parzych - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 27:71-79.
Creativity for Critical Thinkers.Anthony Weston - 2006 - Oup Australia & New Zealand.
Child's Play.Jeffrey A. Bernstein - 2011 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (1):49-64.
The Debt of Philosophical Hermeneutics to Schiller's Letters on Aesthetic Education.Nathan Ross - 2010 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 15 (1):203-219.
Creative Thinking.Albert Low - 2006 - World Futures 62 (6):455 – 463.
Childhood, Education and Philosophy: Notes on Deterritorialisation.Walter Omar Kohan - 2011 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 45 (2):339-357.
The Dialogue of Creative and Critical Thinking.Suzanne Miller - 2005 - Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 24 (4):37-43.
Strengthening the Thinking in Korean Secondary Education.Sang-Jun Ryu - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 37:241-250.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
16 ( #305,196 of 2,191,816 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #95,262 of 2,191,816 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature