Examined Life: Advanced Philosophy for Kids

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

This teacher's handbook for using advanced philosophy in the classroom focuses on the use of the study with gifted students. The book is divided into three parts. The first section presents several primary sources and offers a multitude of suggestions for discussion with students and curriculum integration across several academic areas. The primary sources include works by philosophers such as Aristotle, St. Augustine, Plato, and Thomas Aquinas. The second section is more practical in scope, offering philosophy activities related to critical thinking, drawing, visual design, music, and language acquisition. The third section, called "a philosophical postlude," addresses theoretical discussions in the area of philosophy, specifically in the education of gifted students. This sequel to White's Philosophy for Kids (Prufrock Press, 2000) offers a wealth of activities, discussion starters, and source materials for teachers of gifted students or others with an interest in philosophy. The curricular integration suggestions are particularly well thought out and presented, offering material to present philosophical discussion in a variety of academic settings. Nearly three quarters of the chapters in the book have previously appeared in Gifted Child Today and other professional journals, but the material still seems fresh. This book, although valuable for teachers of gifted students, has a rather limited audience and is not recommended for purchase by public libraries. School libraries supporting a thriving gifted program, however, may find the book to be quite useful to their staff. 2005, Prufrock Press, 184p.; Index. Illus. Further Reading., pb. Ages adult professional.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593630089
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 540,530
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David A. White has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto and has taught philosophy in colleges and universities since 1967. He has written eight books and more than 50 articles in philosophy, literary criticism and educational theory. In 1985, he received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to study the function of myth in Plato’s philosophy. Since 1993, he has taught programs in philosophy for the gifted centers and various magnet schools of the Chicago Public School system, the International Baccalaureate program at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago and Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, grades 4–9. Dr. White is an adjunct associate professor in the philosophy department of DePaul University and also teaches for DePaul’s American Studies program. David is married to a philosopher, Mary Jeanne Larrabee, and has two sons, Daniel and Colin, both of whom, as demonstrated by their advanced knowledge of mathematics and the principles of computer science, are much smarter than he is.
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