The If Machine: 30 Lesson Plans for Teaching Philosophy, 2nd Edition

The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom

The original and best selling book by Peter Worley.

One of the most striking things about this book is its intellectual rigour, its grounding in the work of real philosophers and its implicit belief that children will respond to big and important ideas.

Martin Spice, Times Educational Supplement

Can computers think? What makes something human? How big is infinity? From Sartre to Searle, this practical book is rooted in philosophical theory, and introduced at a level suitable for children. Each session offers an imaginary situation, followed by a series of questions to encourage children to challenge key philosophical ideas such as values and ethics, gender and identity, and existence and beauty. All the enquiries have been tried-and-tested in the primary and early secondary classroom, and a handy star system is included to indicate the difficulty level of each one, enabling quick ability differentiation. With a comprehensive introduction and key sections on the philosophy behind the experiments, this book also includes an online teacher's resource to guide practitioners through using the sessions to best effect in the classroom. Invaluable as a resource for P4C trained teachers, this book is also perfect for teachers who want to introduce higher order and critical thinking into their classroom, or as a resource for philosophy consultants working with children.

Philosophy Now

Below is a live radio broadcast of children from All Saints Primary School in Lewisham doing philosophy led by The If Machine author, Peter Worley on the Philosophy Now radio show.

Companion Website

Each of Peter's Bloomsbury Books come with online resources, which can be found on the Bloomsbury website.