Philosophieren mit Kindern ist aktive Demokratie

Translated title of the contribution: Philosophising with children is active democracy

Sarah-Jane Conrad, Christian Mathis, Claire Cassidy

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Philosophy with Children is Democracy in Action and thus part and parcel
of Civic Education. This slogan canbe supported, first, because the respective
methods of Philosophy with Children and Civic Education are very
similar: namely, by the fact that political socialisation is driven substantially
by developing communication competences, a concern at the heart of
Philosophy with Children. Second, reflecting the basic concepts and values
of civic education is first and foremost a philosophical issue. Data recently
collected amongst children and teenagers aged 4 to 17 in Scotland and
Switzerland on the question "In what kind of society do you want to live?"
used Catherine McCalI's "Community of Philosophical Inquiry" (CoPI) to
corroborate these assumptions and to contribute to understanding how
Philosophy with Children complements Civic Education in terms of its
methodology and its content: the discussions on justice lay the foundations
upon which society can act politically.
Translated title of the contributionPhilosophising with children is active democracy
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationPolitische Bildung in der Demokratie
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisziplinäre Perspektiven
EditorsBéatrice Ziegler, Monika Waldis
Place of PublicationWiesbaden, Germany
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783658189327
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2018


  • civic education
  • democracy in action
  • political socialisation


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