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The Philosophy Shop: Ideas, Activities and Questions to Get People, Young and Old, Thinking Philosophically
Author: Peter Worley - Crown House (2012)
The title says it all - excellent collection of philosophical ideas and activities

The If Odyssey: A Philosophical Journey Through Greek Myth and Storytelling for 8-16-Year-Olds
Author: Peter Worley - Bloombury Education (2012)
The If Odyssey draws out the philosophy that lies behind each story in Homer's epic tale to introduce children not only to the exciting fables of Odysseus, but also to that other great Ancient Greek tradition, philosophy.

Philosophy in Children’s Literature
Author: Peter R. Costello - Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2011)
This book allows philosophers, literary theorists, and education specialists to come together to offer a series of readings on works of children’s literature. Each of their readings is focused on pairing a particular, popular picture book or a chapter book with philosophical texts or themes. The book has three sections—the first, on picturebooks; the second, on chapter books; and the third, on two sets of paired readings of two very popular picturebooks. By means of its three sections, the book sets forth as its goal to show how philosophy can be helpful in reappraising books aimed at children from early childhood on. Particularly in the third section, the book emphasizes how philosophy can help to multiply the type of interpretative stances that are possible when readers listen again to what they thought they knew so well.

Picturebooks, Pedagogy and Philosophy
Author: Haynes, Joanna and Karin Murris - London: Routledge Research in Education (2011)
Contemporary picturebooks open up spaces for philosophical dialogues between people of all ages. As works of art, picturebooks offer unique opportunities to explore ideas and to create meaning collaboratively. This book considers censorship of certain well-known picturebooks, challenging the assumptions on which this censorship is based. Through a lively exploration of children’s responses to these same picturebooks the authors paint a way of working philosophically based on respectful listening and creative and authentic interactions, rather than scripted lessons. This dialogical process challenges much current practice in education. The authors propose that a courageous and critical practice of listening is central to the facilitation of mutually educative dialogue. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of education studies, philosophy of education, literacy teaching and learning, children’s literature, childhood and pedagogy.

Justice: What’s the Right Thing To Do?
Author: Michael J. Sandel - Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2010)
Affirmative action, same-sex marriage, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, national service, the moral limits of markets―Sandel relates the big questions of political philosophy to the most vexing issues of the day, and shows how a surer grasp of philosophy can help us make sense of politics, morality, and our own convictions as well.

The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom (Kindle)
Author: Peter Worley - Bloombury Education (2010)
Each session in this practical book offers an imaginary situation, followed by a series of questions to encourage children to challenge key philosophical ideas such as values and ethics, gender and identity, and existence and beauty.

Ethics In Action: A Case-Based Approach
Author: Peggy Connolly, David R. Keller, Martin G. Leever, Becky Cox White - Wiley-Blackwell (2009)
  • Fosters critical thinking by evaluating the reasons people give to support their choices and actions
  • Challenges the paradigm of moral relativism that often impedes efforts to resolve moral dilemmas
  • Incorporates international perspectives often lacking in texts published for a U.S. audience

The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life
Author: Alison Gopnik - New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux (2009)
In the last decade there has been a revolution in our understanding of the minds of infants and young children. We used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Now Alison Gopnik ― a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother ― explains the cutting-edge scientific and psychological research that has revealed that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually smarter, more thoughtful, and more conscious than adults. In a lively and accessible tour of the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments, Gopnik offers new insight into how babies see the world, and in turn promotes a deeper appreciation for the role of parents in shaping the lives of their children.

Philosophy with Teenagers: Nurturing a moral imagination for the 21st century
Author: Hannam, Patricia and Eugenio Echeverria - London: Continuum (2009)
An introduction to the theory and practice of the Community of Philosophical Enquiry (P4C). It explains how P4C can facilitate young people's exploration of the key ethical questions of our time.

How We Decide
Author: Jonah Lehrer - Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt (2009)
Audible Version: Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate or we "blink" and go with our gut. But as scientists break open the mind's black box with the latest tools of neuroscience, they're discovering that this is not how the mind works.


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