What’s Philosophy Got To Do With It? Or… We’re Mates With Maths

When I told people that my work with philosophy for children had moved me into mathematics for children, and how we teach it, a lot of them were surprised. They are still surprised when I insist that philosophy and maths are closely related. For many, those two subjects would seem opposite ends of the spectrum: at one end is cold hard mathematics with its truths set in stone, and the other is philosophy, as vague and elusive as a puff of smoke. But this is to misunderstand them both.

Posted by on 15th August 2014 at 12:00am

Category: Philosophy, P4C, Maths

Tags: Maths, philosophy for children, P4C, Numberverse, Andrew day

When Numbers Won’t Behave

Some people like Maths because it feels like a land of certainty. Where other subjects – indeed life in general – teem with doubts and contradictions, numbers are cool, hard and permanent. You know where you are with them.

But is this how numbers really are, or just how we want them to be?

Posted by on 14th August 2014 at 12:00am

Category: P4C, Maths

Tags: Maths, philosophy for children, Numberverse, Andrew day

The Philosophy Foundation Series Book Launch

On June 27th a crowd of teachers, philosophers, academics, friends and family gathered at Blackwell’s Bookshop at the Institute of Education to welcome The Numberverse and Provocations into the world.

Posted by on 25th July 2014 at 12:00am

Category: Education, Maths, P4C

Tags: Numberverse, Andrew day, Maths, Provocations, David Birch, philosophy

Book review: ‘Provocations: Philosophy for Secondary Schools’ by David Birch

Oddly, very few books exist to help teachers foster philosophical enquiry among high schoolers. Of these few, David Birch’s Provocations is a standout, distinguished by the originality, breadth and richness of its material.

Posted by on 14th May 2014 at 12:00am

Category: P4C, Guest Blogger

Tags: Michelle Sowey, David Birch, Provocations, Book Review, Philosophy for teenagers

Shrunken Democrituses

I witnessed one of the most impressive philosophical exchanges today between some 10-year-olds that I’ve ever witnessed.

Posted by on 25th April 2014 at 12:00am

Category: P4C, Philosophy

Tags: philosophy for children, Democritus, Metaphysics