Thinking about childhood: being and becoming in the world

Claire Cassidy, Jana Mohr Lone

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Traditionally childhood has been viewed primarily or even solely as a time of preparation for adulthood. The adult/child binary has dominated, with children seen as “becomings” – that is, as in the process of becoming fully human – and adults seen as “beings,” as stable and complete human beings. Among other things, this binary contributes to the epistemic injustice children experience. Recently, however, the binary has begun to be questioned, and the notion of children and adults in a shared state of both being and becoming is gaining influence. In this article, drawing on philosophical dialogues with children and their understanding of the concepts of “child” and “childhood,” we suggest that interrogating the adult/child binary might support an alternative way of being and becoming in the world, for both adults and children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-26
Number of pages11
JournalAnalytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2020
EventPLATO Conference: Ethics in Schools, Communities, and the Public Sphere - University of California, San Diego, San Diego, United States
Duration: 26 Jun 202027 Jun 2020


  • child and childhood
  • philosophy with children
  • being and becoming
  • in-relation
  • dialogue


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