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Philosophy in Schools


reviewed by Sara Goering September 26, 2008

coverTitle: Philosophy in Schools
Author(s): Michael Hand and Carrie Winstanley (Eds.)
Publisher: Continuum, New York
ISBN: 0826497276, Pages: 192, Year: 2008
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Should philosophy be part of the regular school curriculum? This collection of papers responds with a resounding “yes” to that question, though the individual authors offer rather different views about why, when, and how it might best be included. The book is divided into two sections – one addressing common objections to putting philosophy into the curriculum, the other forwarding positive arguments for its inclusion – but in fact, many of the papers address both aspects. The reader will find good arguments and evidence that philosophy is not too difficult or abstract for young minds (Hand, Pring, Matthews, Murris), and that it need not lead to relativism and indeed ought to work to combat relativism (Law, Brighouse). Stephen Law’s chapter also addresses the issue of whether parents ought to be able to take their kids out of the philosophy class due to religious objections. He offers an interesting analogy to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 26, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15393, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 3:48:35 AM

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  • Sara Goering
    University of Washington, Seattle
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    SARA GOERING is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and member of the Program on Values in Society at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is also program director at the Northwest Center for Philosophy for Children. Her written work on philosophy for young people has appeared in Teaching Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Theory and Research in Education, and Questions: Philosophy for Young People.
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