Playing with philosophy: Gestures, life-performance, P4C and an art of living

Laura D’Olimpio, Christoph Teschers

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    It can hardly be denied that play is an important tool for the development and
    socialisation of children. In this article we argue that through dramaturgical
    play in combination with pedagogical tools such as the Community of
    Inquiry, in the tradition of Philosophy for Children (P4C), students can
    creatively think, reflect and be more aware of the impact their gestures have
    on others. One of the most fundamental aspects of the embodied human
    life is human interaction that is based on expressions, what Schmid calls
    gestures. Through self-reflection, one’s set of gestures can be developed
    into a deliberate ‘life-performance’—a conscious, selected and coherent
    work of art. Drawing on Nietzsche’s idea of living artistically, we explore
    how Schmid’s philosophy of the art of living, P4C and the liberal arts, with a
    focus on drama education, can work together to help children develop their
    own art of living while respecting and supporting the development of the
    good and beautiful life of others.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1257-1266
    JournalEducational Philosophy and Theory
    Issue number13
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017


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