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FINDING AND FOSTERING THE PHILOSOPHICAL IMPULSE IN YOUNG PEOPLE: A TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF GARETH B. MATTHEWS

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This article highlights Gareth Matthews's contributions to the field of philosophy for young children, noting especially the inventiveness of his style of engagement with children and his confidence in children's ability to analyze perplexing issues, from cosmology to death and dying. I relate here my experiences in introducing philosophical topics to adolescents, to show how Matthews's work can be successfully extended to older students, and I recommend taking philosophy outside the university as a way to foster critical thinking in young students and to improve the public status of the profession.
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Keywords: adolescents; critical thinking; philosophy for children

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, 345 Savery, Box 353350, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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