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

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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