Philosophy for Children: How To

It has been said over and over that children are philosophers by nature. Less often said is that they aren’t particularly good philosophers. I don’t mean that as a criticism; after all, they’re just children. So what can we grown-up philosophers do to nurture their philosophical inquisitiveness and develop their reasoning skills–all while making sure they don’t use these gifts to become even more awful teenagers? I don’t know. But these people might. And they can teach you what they know about it at a seminar this summer.

UPDATE (March 13, 2014): An article in the Seattle Times discusses University of Washington’s Jana Mohr Lone and the Center for Philosophy for Children, which she founded. Here is Jana Mohr Lone talking about how to raise a philosophical child. She’s a fan of Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad series, and so am I. One of my favorites is “Cookies”, from Frog and Toad Together, in which Frog and Toad figure out what willpower is. The text of that volume is reproduced at this site, with “Cookies” starting on page 10. The trick is to read it slow.

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