Catherine McCall invited speaker at the 2015 Battle of Ideas in The Barbican London speaking on “Can Children do Philosophy?”
Philosophy is a venerable university subject, but until recently it was much less common in schools. If anything, philosophy was taught to over-16s only, and in a historical context. Aristotle’s principle of contradictions would have been learnt first, before any attempts were made to apply it, and that was about it. Today, though, there is a whole ‘Philosophy For Children’ (P4C) movement. Its aim is to help children even at primary school to think for themselves using a wide variety of materials to instigate questioning and inquiry, like provocative stories designed to stimulate young people’s thinking about friendship, fairness, truth and other key moral concepts.