1st Edition

Philosophy for Older Children
A Practical Guide

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ISBN 9781138550629
August 18, 2020 Forthcoming by David Fulton Publishers
136 Pages

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Book Description

Co-written by a professor of philosophy and an experienced teacher, Philosophy for Older Children is a concise, practical guide which explains how to conduct philosophical enquiries with children from the age of nine upwards. This book contains detailed plans for conducting 24 philosophical enquiries, which have all been successfully tried, tested and enjoyed with children between the ages of nine and sixteen. Employing the authors' distinctive structured method, each enquiry provides not only a stimulus and questions but also possible answers and reasons, designed to enhance children's critical and creative thinking skills.

Exploring a range of stimulating philosophical questions such as those about happiness, obligations to the poor, the environment, freedom, equality, dreams, numbers and colours, each step-by-step enquiry plan includes:

  • the philosophical topic and aim of the enquiry
  • guidance on how to conduct the enquiry
  • a stimulus, consisting of a story or activity
  • questions to ask the children
  • possible answers and reasons
  • a summary
  • additional questions to take the enquiry further
  • suggestions for philosophical readings on the topic.

Philosophy for Older Children presupposes no prior knowledge of philosophy or how to teach it, making it an outstanding resource for any primary or secondary teacher, or parent, looking to explore philosophy with children in an enjoyable and engaging way.

Table of Contents



1. Ethics

The Happy Pig

Helpful Henry

Are They Lying?

Alf, Bert and the Cat

The Greatest Happiness Principle

2. Political and Environmental Philosophy

Petra and the Hungry Family

Meadows, Mountains and Forests

Saving Lives

Smoking, Seatbelts and Sports


3. Aesthetics

A Really Sad Story

What is Fiction?

Is it Art?

Seeing Through Photographs

4. Philosophy of Mind


Get Creative! What?

Phoning Your Mind

Screaming and Robbery

5. Epistemology

Dreaming of Philosophy

Other People's Minds

Do They Know?

6. Metaphysics

Numbers are Weird


Derek's New Body


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Berys Gaut is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Morag Gaut is a Chartered Teacher.

They are also coauthors of Philosophy for Young Children: A Practical Guide.