Thoughts from Gareth Matthews

As you proceed, please keep in mind this thought from Gareth Matthews, _The Philosophy of Childhood_: “Philosophers, in devoting their lives to the study of the profoundly naive questions of philosophy, can help nonphilosophical parents and teachers to recognize and appreciate some of the naively profound questions of childhood …. What a professional philosopher can do is to collect examples of philosophical thinking in young children, and then, by linking those childish thoughts to our philosophical tradition, help parents and teachers to recognize philosophy in their children, respect it when it appears, and even participate in it and encourage it on occasion.” Please do try to cultivate and collect (and record, in a journal you keep) such examples of philosophical thinking.”

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Director of the Civic Knowledge Project and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Chicago
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1 Response to Thoughts from Gareth Matthews

  1. bart schultz says:

    And check out Philosophy Btes as well, especially Peter Singer on Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics:

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