Philosophical citizens - a contradiction in terms?

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There is a current drive within education agendas in Britain towards the development of Citizenship Education, yet the concept of citizenship is rarely explored critically or philosophically in the educational world because it appears to be generally accepted that educating for citizening – if there is such a word – is a good and desirable thing. However, this assumption should be challenged. In asserting, as many within education currently do, that educators should be promoting philosophical approaches and philosophical thinking with children, it seems appropriate to wonder whether the notion of a philosophical citizen is a contradiction in terms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-21
Number of pages16
JournalCritical and Creative Thinking
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008


  • philosophy
  • schools
  • education
  • creative thinking

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