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Other World

Age: 8 + Themes: planets, inference, modal verbs Stimulus NASA scientists have found a planet deep in space that looks like ours. They call it Other World. They want to send astronauts there but it would take 100 years to get there and 100 years to get back so they can’t.  They decide to send a probe to gather data about the ...

Ages: Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Logic, Epistemology

Paradoxes: fun with logic!

The Philosophy A paradox is a very strange thing: it is an anomaly of reasoning, and, whereas good reasoning is thought to produce sound conclusions, paradoxes can challenge this assumption. With paradoxes the reasoning may appear good but the conclusion that follows absurd. The word comes from Ancient Greek: para meaning ‘distinct from...

Ages: Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3)

Subjects: Logic

Themes: Truth & Falsity, Reasoning, Paradoxes, Logic, Ancient Greek

Pinocchio

Starter activity I start by getting the children to play a game of 'True For You'; they should change places if what I say is true for them. After beginning with a couple of easy ones ('I am a girl', 'I am wearing red' etc) I usually include a couple of slightly harder ones ('I don't understand the rules to thi...

Ages: Ages 16-18 (KS5), Ages 14-16 (KS4), Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Logic

Themes: Truth & Falsity, Logic

Tabby Is A Cat

The Philosophy This session was designed to focus specifically on logic. There was a class who would agree to logically inconsistent statements without realising it (eg. 'Is it possible to think of nothing?' 'No' Did you think of nothing? 'Yes'). So the children are asked to say which sentences are consistent. In ...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Logic

Themes: Truth & Falsity

What Do You Know?

The Philosophy This session follows on from the 'Knowledge' session, but it works independently of that. It gets children to look at the nature of knowledge – where does it come from, and how can we distinguish it from belief or opinion, and what kind of things can we know about? Like 'Tabby Is A Cat', use sentences o...

Ages: Ages 11-14 (KS3), Ages 7-11 (KS2)

Subjects: Logic, Epistemology

Themes: Knowledge