A collection of essays that reflects upon the development, refinement, and maturation of Philosophy for Children
Studies in Philosophy for Children
Harry Stottlemeier's Discovery
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edited by Ann Margaret Sharp and Ronald F. Reed
Harry Stottlemeier's Discovery, created by Matthew Lipman in 1969, is now a widely used and highly successful tool for teaching philosophy to children. As the original novel of the Philosophy for Children program, its goal is to present major ideas in the history of philosophy, nurturing children's ability to think for themselves. At present, it is taught in 5,000 schools in the United States and has been translated into eighteen languages worldwide. This collection of essays reflects upon the development, refinement, and maturation of Philosophy for Children and on its relationship to the tradition of philosophy itself.
The contributors are philosophers themselves who have taught from Lipman's novels or conducted workshops instructing elementary school teachers on how most effectively to utilize the program in their classrooms. Teaching Harry raises philosophical issues concerning such concepts as authority, morality, religion, justice, truth, knowledge, beauty, and goodness. Gracing each article with personal experience, the authors recount their own struggles against the claims of philosophers and psychologists who have previously underestimated children's moral capability because of their lack of political and social experience.
Part I: Some Remarks by Matthew Lipman on Philosophy for Children
Part II: Ethical, Social, and Political Issues
Part III: Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems
Part IV: Logical Issues
Part V: Pedagogical Dimension
Sources and References for Harry Stottlemeier’s Discovery Matthew Lipman
Ann Margaret Sharp is Associate Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children and Professor of Education at Montclair State College. She is also the coauthor (with Matthew Lipman and Frederick S. Oscanyan) of Philosophy in the Classroom (Temple).
Ronald F. Reed is Director of the Center for Analytic Teaching and Professor of Philosophy and Education at Texas Wesleyan University. He is the author of numerous publications on philosophy for children, including Talking with Children and Rebecca.
Contributors: Martin Benjamin, Eugenio Echeverria, Philip C. Guin, Clive Lindop, Matthew Lipman, Frederick Oscanyan, Michael Pritchard, John C. Thomas, Laurence J. Splitter, and the editors.