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Philosophy Department

37th Annual Philosophy Symposium


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37th Annual Philosophy Symposium

Just Kids? What Philosophy Can Do for Children, and What Children Can Do for Philosophy

Saturday, April 8, 2017

9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

TETC 153

FREE and open to the public

Just Kids? What Philosophy Can Do for Children, and What Children Can Do for Philosophy

Saturday, April 8th, 2017
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
TETC 153

Philosophy as the activity of thinking together about timeless human questions is fundamental for personal growth and wellbeing. However, in the United States, philosophy is not traditionally present in the education of young persons. In this symposium we will consider questions about Education, Philosophy, Children and their relationships, such as: Can children actually do philosophy? Should they? What can adults learn from children about philosophy? Does Philosophy in schools benefit children, teachers, and the wider community, and if so, how? In particular, this symposium features scholars, teachers who have been participating in our local "Philosophy in Schools" program, and students to share their ideas and experiences with the audience in a roundtable format.


  • Michael Burroughs, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Associate Director, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University, Vice President, Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization
  • Claire Katz, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University
  • Megan Laverty, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Sponsored by the SU Philosophical Society, the SU Philosophy Department, and SU alumni.

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