Philosophy for Children and the Extrinsic Value of Academic Philosophy

Jane Gatley

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Abstract

External pressure on Higher Education Institutes in the United Kingdom has brought the question of the extrinsic value of academic philosophy into focus. One line of research into questions about the extrinsic value of philosophy comes from the Philosophy for Children (P4C) movement. There is a large body of literature about the benefits of P4C. This paper argues that the distinctive nature of the P4C pedagogy limits the claims made by the P4C literature about the extrinsic value of philosophy to claims about the value of P4C. While this is not a problem within the P4C literature that recognises these limitations, the paper makes three claims about why it is sometimes inappropriate to extend claims from research into the value of P4C to claims about the value of non‐P4C philosophy. It argues that more research is needed to investigate the value of non‐P4C philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-563
JournalMetaphilosophy (edited by Professor Thomas Pogge, Columbia USA and ANU Australia)
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • metaphilosophy
  • P4C philosophy
  • philosophy of education
  • teaching philosophy

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