Philosophy 280: Philosophy for Children
Professor Thomas Wartenberg Mentor Chloe Martin
Is it possible to be brave when you are
scared out of your wits? How do you know that you are not dreaming
since you often awake from a dream unsure if it really was a dream? If
everyone kept telling you that you weren't the person you thought you
were, would you eventually believe them despite your own sense of who
you really are? These are examples of philosophic questions that are
in children's books such as Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad Together and
William Steig's The Real Thief. This class will explore how children's
books can be used to teach philosophy to elementary school children.
Different techniques for teaching philosophy to children will be canvassed
will try them out on each other. The course will culminate in the participants
applying what they have learned in actual elementary school classrooms
in Northampton, MA.