Whose question is it anyway?

Steven Campbell-Harris attended the SOPHIA conference in Portugal this month.  Here's some of his thoughts on what went on.  If you were there and would like to contribute further ideas to our blog, feel free to post a reply in the comments section, or get in touch with joe@philosophy-foundation.org

Posted by Joe Tyler on 12th July 2017 at 12:00am

Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Questioning, SOPHIA, good thinking

Iffing: inferencing

Pete outlines an important pedagogical distinction for anyone facilitating philosophical conversations out there, helping to answer the question: when should you use the strategy of 'iffing and anchoring' and when is 'anchoring' without iffing enough?

Posted by Joe Tyler on 16th May 2017 at 12:00am

Category: Philosophy, Education

Tags: facilitation, good thinking

Stoicism and self-control

By Tim Raynor, author of:

Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide

When a senior politician is charged with adultery today, we expect them to issue a press release, either in self-defense or contrition. Exiled to Corsica on the charge of extra-marital relations with Julia Livilla, sister of the emperor Gaius, the Roman Stoic philosopher and statesman Lucius Annaeus Seneca (3BC – 65AD) wrote a letter to his mother, offering philosophical consolation for her grief at being parted from her son. In Stoic style, Seneca emphasized the importance of preparing oneself for sudden challenges, upsets, and changes in life, so that one is not unseated by the shock of their arrival. One must be like a sentry on guard, Seneca advised, always ready for sudden attack. For drastic change, like an enemy ambush, ‘scatters those whom it catches off guard; but those who have prepared in advance for the coming conflict … easily withstand the first onslaught, which is the most violent’ (Letter to Helvia, 5).

Posted by Marc Peter on 1st June 2012 at 12:00am

Category: Guest Blogger

Good Thinking vs the Right Answer

Necker Cube

Here’s a question for you. Imagine a teacher asks this question: “what does 2 + 2 equal?” and child A responds with, “four, because its my lucky number,” but child B counts along the number line but makes a small error and says, “five.” Which would you consider to be the better answer and why? I was leading a staff meeting where a debate ensued following this question about the importance of understanding when giving the right answer...

Posted by Philosophy Foundation Admin on 9th March 2012 at 12:00am

Category: Education

Tags: Socrates, philosophy, good thinking, SATs, testing