Teaching Philosophy

Philosophy in & Beyond the Classroom

Young woman works on a laptop in front of a building with the word "philosophy" on one of the stone blocks.

By Mark Sanders (University of North Carolina Charlotte) I have been teaching a Philosophy of Education class at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte every fall for the past five years.  The class examines the role Philosophy should have in education and should more properly be titled Philosophy of and in Education. At the Philosophy in & Beyond the Classroom

How much philosophy does a pre-college philosophy teacher need to know?

I’m working on a review article for the journal Teaching Philosophy, writing about five books that have been written in the past few years about pre-college philosophy. In the course of reading these books, it’s been interesting to me to observe the range of views about the level of training necessary for a competent pre-college How much philosophy does a pre-college philosophy teacher need to know?

Science Fair and Ethics

Yesterday I showed up in the fifth grade classroom in which I’ve been teaching, prepared to talk with the students about whether you can get something form nothing, whether everything has a beginning, and related questions. When I arrived, the class informed me that they had just had a discussion about an ethical problem related Science Fair and Ethics

Philosophy as a way of life

When, in our first class together, I asked the fifth grade students with whom I’m doing philosophy this winter what they imagined was the definition of philosophy, one student volunteered that he thought philosophy was “a way of life.” Of course, I loved the sophistication of this answer, and there are philosophers who hold this Philosophy as a way of life

The mystery of the mind

The fifth grade class I’m working with had a wonderful discussion this week about the mind. We talked about what the mind is, whether it is the same thing as the brain, and, if not, what it might be. We began with the students asking various questions, including: What’s the difference between the mind and The mystery of the mind

Thoughts and feelings

This week I started a series of philosophy sessions with a fifth grade class. This was a first introduction to philosophy for this group of students. I started by asking them if they had any idea what philosophy was. We talked about that for a few minutes. I described some of the questions I associate Thoughts and feelings