Why Philosophy? Aims of Philosophy with Children and Aims of Academic Philosophy

SATS 14 (2):176-186 (2013)
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While professional philosophers are often reluctant to address the issue of the aims of philosophy, the field of philosophy with children is abundant with articulated aims which tend to be more concrete and ambitious than those of academic philosophy. Is this asymmetry a problem? And how are we to think about the aims of philosophy with children? This article argues that not much will be gained from looking to academic philosophy because discussions here are surprisingly meager and have provided little agreement. Nevertheless, it is also argued that the aims of philosophy with children must be constrained by what can be achieved by academic philosophy.

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Caroline Schaffalitzky
University of Southern Denmark

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