Author: David A. White, Ph.D.
Product Code: 4701
ISBN: 9781882664702
Pages: 212
Availability: In stock.

Inspire animated discussions of questions that concern kids—and all of us—with this innovative, interactive book. Open your students’ minds to the wonders of philosophy.

Allow them to grapple with the questions philosophers have discussed since the ancient Greeks. Questions include: “Who are your friends?,” “Can computers think?,” “Can something logical not make sense?,” and “Can you think about nothing?” Young minds will find these questions to be both entertaining and informative. If you have ever wondered about questions like these, you are well on your way to becoming a philosopher!

Philosophy for Kids offers young people the opportunity to become acquainted with the wonders of philosophy. Packed with exciting activities arranged around the topics of values, knowledge, reality, and critical thinking, this book can be used individually or by the whole class. Each activity allows kids to increase their understanding of philosophical concepts and issues and enjoy themselves at the same time.

In addition to learning about a challenging subject, students philosophizing in a classroom setting, as well as the casual reader of Philosophy for Kids, will sharpen their ability to think critically about these and similar questions. Experiencing the enjoyment of philosophical thought enhances a young person’s appreciation for the importance of reasoning throughout the traditional curriculum of subjects.

The book includes activities, teaching tips, a glossary of terms, and suggestions for further reading.

Grades 4–12


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by Selena
on 1/29/2012
from Thailand
This is an indispensable book for anyone who wants to introduce some philosophical discussion into their classroom. The featured questions are thought-provoking and include many classic examples of philosophical thought as well as issues that will be relevant for children. The book includes detailed guidelines for leading the discussion, as well as necessary background information for each question. Seasoned philosophers will find something of interest here, but this book will be especially helpful for teachers who are new to philosophy for children. 
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Review by: Rebecca Pickens, home/school/life magazine - March 10, 2016
Start honing critical thinking skills early with a philosophy curriculum designed for elementary-aged kids. Think you have to wait until high school to dig into Socrates and Sartre? Think again!… Taking subject matter that many might initially find intimidating, White presents philosophy as highly relevant, playful, challenging, and fun. Philosophy for Kids is a thought-provoking resource that will appeal to curious learners who enjoy puzzling over life's mysteries. As a parent, you are likely to gain new insight into the wonderful ways that your child views the world as you delve into fascinating new subject matter together.
Review by: James Kelly, Teaching Philosophy - June 1, 2007
For teachers familiar with the Community of Inquiry approach used in many philosophy for children activities, this book is worth examining. It provides an alternative approach that focuses directly on philosopical issues as raised by noted philosophers. In the hands of gifted teachers, White’s apprach to philosophy for children, especially for gifted students, may encourage a childhood study of philosophy more akin to philosophy as done in many college classrooms. This can be a plus as long as the disparity between intellect and character is avoided.

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