As children grow up, they puzzle over who they are and where they fit in the social world. They wonder about what’s fair and unfair; right and wrong; true and false; beautiful and ugly. Children wonder more than anyone – and Philosophy begins in wonder.
Learning how to do Philosophy provides children with a nuanced way of thinking about questions of meaning and value – questions of pressing interest to children; questions that matter. Developing the sensitivity and confidence to tackle these questions helps children in their everyday lives.
To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.” Bertrand Russell
For thousands of years, the deep questions of Philosophy have intrigued scholars and laypeople, and encouraged thoughtful dialogue about the problems that confront us as human beings. Today, this legacy is accessible to kids through the internationally-proven method of ‘collaborative philosophical enquiry’. This method enables children to engage with Philosophy in a way that appeals to their natural curiosity. And it’s fun! It doesn’t teach children what to think, but how to think.
A prudent question is one half of wisdom.” Francis Bacon
Without imposing any dogma or ideology, The Philosophy Club opens up fascinating fields of enquiry and helps children navigate their way through complex issues in an entertaining and age-appropriate way.
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“We have to live today by what truth we can get today, and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood.” William James