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ERIC Number: EJ928652
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
"In Charge of the Truffula Seeds": On Children's Literature, Rationality and Children's Voices in Philosophy
Johansson, Viktor
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v45 n2 p359-377 May 2011
In this paper I investigate how philosophy can speak for children and how children can have a voice in philosophy and speak for philosophy. I argue that we should understand children as responsible rational individuals who are involved in their own philosophical inquiries and who can be involved in our own philosophical investigations--not because of their rational abilities, but because we acknowledge them as conversational partners, acknowledge their reasons as reasons, and speak for them as well as let them speak for us and our rational community. In order to argue this I turn, first, to Gareth Matthews' philosophy of childhood and suggest a reconstruction of some of his concepts in line with the philosophy of Stanley Cavell. Second, in order to examine more closely our conceptions of rationality and our pictures of children, I consider the children's books, "The Lorax" and "Where is My Sister?" and Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Wild Duck."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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