Philosophieren – eine kinderorientierte Forschungsmethode

Translated title of the contribution: Philosophising - a child-oriented research method

Sarah-Jane Conrad, Claire Cassidy

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Philosophizing with children has attempted to reframe children and childhoods since its inception, with prominent proponents Matthew Lipman (2007), Anne Sharp (Lipman, Sharp & Oscanyan 1980), Gareth Matthews (2008) and many others. All of the people named criticize the common view that children are not capable of rational, independent or moral thinking and are therefore 'deficient'. When they philosophize, children work through conceptual and logical connections and justify judgments ethically. In doing so, they apply exactly those skills that they lack according to a 'deficit-oriented' child image. Philosophizing with children thus shows a different, new image of children and the question "What is a child?" must be approached anew accordingly. For this reason, philosophizing with children and the philosophy of childhood have always been closely intertwined (cf. Gazzard 1996; Gregory et al. 2017). This article aims to show that philosophizing with children can achieve even more with a view to the philosophy of childhood.
Translated title of the contributionPhilosophising - a child-oriented research method
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationPhilosophieren und Ethik
EditorsBeatrice Kümin, Christian Mathis, Urs Schellenberg
Place of PublicationMunich
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


  • philosophy with children
  • research methods
  • ethics


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