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Module Reading List

Philosophy Students into Schools, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Grace Lockrobin
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Background reading:

Anderson, B. (Ed) (2017)  Philosophy for children : theories and Praxis in teacher education, London Routledge 

Gregory, M. Haynes, J, Joanna Haynes, Murris, K. (Ed) (2017) The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children. London, Routledge

Hand, M. and Winstanley, C. (2009), Philosophy in schools. London: Continuum 

Journal of philosophy of education.  Special Issue: ‘Philosophy for Children in Transition: Problems and Prospects’:  Edited by Nancy Vansieleghem and David Kennedy Volume 45, Issue 2 May 2011

Haynes, J., (2002) Children as philosophers : learning through enquiry and dialogue in the primary classroom, Oxford, Routledge

Lipman, M., and Sharp, A.M. (1978),  Growing up with philosophy. Philadelphia: Temple University Press

McCall, C.C. (2009) " Transforming thinking : philosophical inquiry in the primary and secondary classroom " Routledge, David Fulton 

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Core seminar readings 

Primary Reading:

Hand. M., Can children be taught philosophy?  in Hand, M. & Winstanley, C. (eds), Philosophy in schools. London: Continuum, pp.3-17.

White, J. (1992), ‘The Roots of Philosophy.’ In A.P. Griffiths, The impulse to philosophise. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 73-88  

Kennedy, D. (2004), ‘The Philosopher as Teacher: The Role of A Facilitator in a Community of Philosophical Inquiry.’ Metaphilosophy.35 (5), 744-765.

Worley. P. (2016) Ariadne’s Clew Absence and presence in the facilitation of philosophical conversations Journal of Philosophy in Schools Vol. 3. No. 2 (2016) Available online at:

Secondary Reading:

Matthews, G, (1978) ‘The Child as Natural Philosopher’ Lipman, M, Growing up with philosophy pp.63-77. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 

Murris, K., (2000), ‘Can Children do Philosophy? ’ Journal of philosophy of education., 34(2), 261- 279. 

Kitchener, R.F. (1990), ‘Do children think philosophically? ’ Metaphilosophy., 21(4), 416-431 

Winstanley, C., Philosophy and the development of Critical Thinking’ in Hand, M. & Winstanley, C. (eds), Philosophy in schools. London: Continuum, pp. 85 - 95

Gardner, S. (1996), ‘Inquiry is no Mere Conversation (or Discussion or Dialogue), Facilitation of inquiry is hard work!’ Critical & Creative Thinking, 16(2), 41-49. - Available online:

Gregory, M. (2011), ‘Philosophy for Children and its Critics: A Mendham Dialogue.’ Journal of philosophy of education., 45 (2), 199-120

Wilson, J. (1992) ‘Philosophy for Children: A Note of Warning’ in Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children 10(1): 17-18 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 27/09/2017) 

Worley, P., (2009) ‘Philosophy in philosophy in schools’ Think : philosophy for everyone ISSN: 1477-1756; 1755-1196 8 (23) pp. 63-75

Murris, K., (2000) ‘The Role of the Facilitator in Philosophical Inquiry’ Thinking Vol. 15 No. 2) pp. 40 – 46 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 27/09/2017) 

Scolnicov, S. (1978) ‘Truth, Neutrality and the Philosophy Teacher’ In M. Lipman and A.M. Sharp. Growing up with philosophy. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, pp. 392 - 404  

Worley, P., (2015b) ‘Open thinking, closed questioning: two kinds of open and closed question’ Journal of Philosophy in Schools Vol. 2. No. 2 (2015) Available online at:

Pritchard, M., Philosophy for Children’,  Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy [electronic resource]. (Spring 2014 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =

Russell, B., (2004) ‘The Value of Philosophy’ in  The Problems of philosophy New York; Barnes and Noble. Also available online at 

Vansieleghem, N. and Kennedy, D. (2011), ‘What is Philosophy for Children, What is Philosophy with Children – After Matthew Lipman.’ Journal of philosophy of education., 45 (2), 171-182

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 Useful classroom resources:

Baggini, J. (2010) The pig that wants to be eaten : and ninety-nine other thought experiments London: Granta Books

Buckley, J. (2012)  Pocket P4C : getting started with philosophy for children London: One Slice Books

Buckley, J. (2012)  Thinkers' games : making thinking physical London: One Slice Books

Cave. P. (2007)  Can a robot be human? : 33 perplexing philosophy puzzles London: Oneworld Publications

Fisher, R. (1997)  Games for thinking, Cheshire: Nash Pollock Publishing

Fisher, R. (1996)  Stories for thinking, Cheshire: Nash Pollock Publishing

Gaut, B., & Gaut, M. (2011)  Philosophy for young children : a practical guide London: Routledge

Worley, P., (2010)  The if machine : philosophical enquiry in the classroom, London Continuum

Worley, P., (ed.) (2012 ) The philosophy shop : ideas, activities and questions to get people, young and old, thinking philosophically, London: Independent Thinking Press an imprint of Crown House Publishing

This list was last updated on 15/09/2017