In this, the follow-up to the best-selling Philosophy for Kids, Dr. David White delves deeper into the philosophical questions kids (and adults) care about deeply. Through vibrant discussions and debate, the book offers ways teachers can help students grapple with age-old questions about the nature of friendship (Aristotle), time (Augustine), knowledge (Plato), existence of God (Aquinas), perception (Berkeley), freedom and society (Rousseau), and many more.
The book is divided into three sections. Part 1 presents primary source readings that will encourage discussion and debate; Part 2 offers easy-to-use activities that focus on the direct application of philosophy to areas such as critical thinking, language, and the arts; and Part 3 offers a unique perspective just for teachers—a philosophical look at how teachers can become more reflective philosophers themselves. This is an excellent teachers' handbook for using advanced philosophy in the classroom.
The genesis and scope of this book -- Suggestions for using this book -- Introduction : young students and the adventure of philosophy -- Reasons to study philosophy -- Elements of philosophy -- Primary source philosophy -- The readings-principles of selection and organization -- Some ideas on presenting or teaching philosophy -- "Who are my friends?", friendship (Aristotle) -- "Where has the time gone?", time (Augustine) -- "Do we really know what we think we know?", knowledge (Plato) -- Younger students and the existence of God, existence of God (Aquinas) -- The sound of a tree falling in the forest, perception (Berkeley) -- "I don't want to do what the class wants to do!", freedom and society (Rousseau) -- Freedom and responsibility : existentialism and young students, choice (Jean-Paul Sartre) -- On social justice in a violent world, social justice and nonviolence (Martin Luther King) -- Feminism and social justice, feminism (Bell Hooks) -- Technology : servant or destroyer?, technology (Martin Heidegger) -- Critical thinking and artistic creation, activity-drama -- The oldest cave art : on giftedness and excellence, activity-drawing -- The philosophy of French funetics : an essay in applied gifted intelligence, activity-language acquisition -- "The bohemian life" : opera and gifted education, activity-music -- Gifted education : the event--and advent--of theory -- "Edutainment" : gifted education and the perils of misusing multiple intelligences -- Philosophy and theory in the study of gifted students -- Epilogue : philosophical visions and the challenge of education.