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'In Charge of the Truffula Seeds': On Children's Literature, Rationality and Children's Voices in Philosophy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Philosophy of Education, ISSN 0309-8249, E-ISSN 1467-9752, Vol. 45, no 2, 359-377 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper I investigate how philosophy can speak for children and how children can have a voice in philosophy and speak for philosophy. I argue that we should understand children as responsible rational individuals who are involved in their own philosophical inquiries and who can be involved in our own philosophical investigations-not because of their rational abilities, but because we acknowledge them as conversational partners, acknowledge their reasons as reasons, and speak for them as well as let them speak for us and our rational community. In order to argue this I turn, first, to Gareth Matthews' philosophy of childhood and suggest a reconstruction of some of his concepts in line with the philosophy of Stanley Cavell. Second, in order to examine more closely our conceptions of rationality and our pictures of children, I consider the children's books, The Lorax and Where is My Sister? and Henrik Ibsen's play, The Wild Duck.

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2011. Vol. 45, no 2, 359-377 p.
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Pedagogy Didactics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68099DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9752.2011.00802.xISI: 000291038500013OAI: diva2:472655
authorCount :1Available from: 2012-01-04 Created: 2012-01-03 Last updated: 2012-02-27Bibliographically approved

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