Keren Sadan

Undergraduate Discipline


Undergraduate Courses 2021-2022


Philosophy with/for Children

Open, Small Lecture—Fall

Philosophy with/for Children is a movement that was started by Matthew Lipman in the early 1970s in the United States. Today, it is an established pedagogy that is practiced across dozens of countries and about which there is a rich and evolving body of research, writing, and discussion. What makes the idea of philosophy with children so interesting is, first of all, the children: listening to children, to their thoughts, ideas, and questions. But no less importantly, the it forces us to rekindle the foundational questions of philosophy: What is philosophy? What makes a thought, idea, or a question philosophical? When and how does philosophical thinking begin? And who is the subject of philosophy? Who does philosophy, and how is it “done”? In this course, we will read and watch children’s philosophical dialogues and become familiarized with theoretical texts about children’s philosophical thinking. We will be constantly shifting from theoretical to practical aspects of Philosophy for Children. During group conference, we will experience the pedagogical methods of Philosophy for Children hands-on, including games, discussion sessions, and the ways children generate philosophical questions. Our focus will be on children from the ages of five to 11. Among our readings will be texts by philosophers Matthew Lipman, Catherine McCall, Jana Mohr Lone, Gilles Deleuze, Luce Irigaray Jacques Ranacière, and Friedrich Nietzsche.