Middle Grades

Concurrent

Philosophy for Kids

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 201 B

Being inquisitive makes learning meaningful. Although being inquisitive comes naturally to gifted kids, our society discourages it—as an inconvenience at best and as a threat at worst. How can we counteract this chilling effect?
I am a philosophy professor at a liberal arts university. Last year, my department started a program to bring philosophy into nearby schools. This is a program any school can easily replicate. Our aim is to promote inquisitiveness by reading stories about children who aren’t afraid to ask difficult questions. In this session, I explain our philosophy for kids program, and then we examine a chapter from our curriculum and work through the exercises together.

Sharon M. Kaye

Professor of Philosophy
John Carroll University

Sharon Kaye is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After receiving her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Toronto, she was a Killam postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since then, she has published numerous articles as well as books including: Philosophy for Teens Volumes I and II with Paul Thomson (2006, 2007), Medieval Philosophy (2008), Black Market Truth, Book One of The Aristotle Quest: A Dana McCarter Trilogy (2008), Critical Thinking (2009), The Onion and Philosophy (2010), The Ultimate Lost and Philosophy (2011), What Philosophy Can Tell You about Your Lover (2012), and A Complete Introduction to Philosophy (2014). Her works have been translated into Japanese, Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, and Slovak. She is currently writing the K-12 philosophy curriculum for Royal Fireworks Press.

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