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Kindergartners and Philosophical Dialogue
Author: Stephanie Sierriere, Michael Burroughs, Dana Mitra
2017 Article from the National Council for the Social Studies that describes bringing philosophical dialogue into kindergarten classrooms.

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Moral Psychology and the Misunderstanding of Religion
Author: Jonathan Haidt - The Third Culture;
Jonathan Haidt is a professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

Mind Makes Right: Brain Damage, Evolution, and the Future of Morality
Author: William Saletan -; March 31, 2007.
Imagine that killers have invaded your neighborhood. They're in your house, and you and your neighbors are hiding in the cellar. Your baby starts to cry. If you had to press your hand over the baby's face till it stopped fighting—if you had to smother it to save everyone else—would you do it?

Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior
Author: Nicholas Wade - The New York Times; March 20, 2007.
Some animals are surprisingly sensitive to the plight of others. Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others. Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, rhesus monkeys will starve themselves for several days.

The Moral Instinct
Author: Steven Pinker - The New York Times; January 13, 2008.
Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of “The Language Instinct” and “The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature.”

When a Murderer Wants to Practice Medicine
Author: Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. - The New York Times; January 29, 2008.
A Nazi sympathizer entered a famed Swedish medical school in 2007, seven years after being convicted of a hate murder. Should a murderer ever be allowed to practice medicine?

A review of Experiments in Ethics by Princeton’s Kwame Appiah
Author: Paul Bloom - The New York Times; February 3, 2008.
Imagine that you are standing next to a railway track and you see a runaway trolley… Today, the quandry of moral dilemmas is no longer the purview solely of the philosopher.

Birds Do It. Bees Do It. Dragons Don’t Need To.
Author: Neil Shubin - The New York Times; February 24, 2008.
The big question that virgin births raise is this: If some females can get along without males, why does any species have males?

In a New Generation of College Students, Many Opt for the Life Examined.
Author: Winnie Hu - The New York Times; April 6, 2008.
Once scoffed at as a luxury major, philosophy is being embraced by a new generation of college students who are drawing lessons from the age-old discipline as they try to make sense of their world.

Whose Values Are They, Anyway?
Author: Kwame Appiah - Slate Magazine; May 27, 2008.
As an academic discipline and as a practical, everyday concern, ethics is alive and well, says Appiah, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton’s Center for Human Values, in his review of Susan Neiman’s new book

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