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The If Machine : Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom - Peter Worley

The If Machine

Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom

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Published: 19th December 2010
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`This is a timely and valuable contribution: a capacity to think critically is the key component of any education, and Worley is an inventive enhancer of children's ability to think for themselves.' A.C. Grayling. Professor of Philosophy. Birkbeck College, University of London, UK

`A lucid and well-thought-through resource that should have children entertained and educated at the same time.'

Stephen Law, Senior Lecturer, Heythrop College, University of London, UK, and Editor of the Royal Institute of Philosophy journal Think

`Philosophy with my Year 6 class was a revelation. Children who had never felt confident enough to speak up came out with such insightful comments that others had no choice but to start to take them seriously. Every school should have philosophy as part of the curriculum.' Amanda Crook, primary teacher

`If you had any doubts about whether you could do this, this book gives you the confidence to be able to go out and do it.' Julie Odege, primary teacher

Each session in this practical book 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, and a handy star system is included to indicate the difficulty level of each one. 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.

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'Philosophy with my Year 6 class was a revelation. Children who had never felt confident enough to speak up came out with such insightful comments that others had no choice but to start to take them seriously. Every school should have philosophy as part of the curriculum.'--Amanda Crook, primary teacher
Author article in The Times
'...a lucid and well-thought through resource that should have children entertained and educated at the same time.'--Sanford Lakoff
'If you had any doubts about whether you could do this, this book gives you the confidence to be able to go out and do it.'--Sanford Lakoff
'Plato in primary school? Existentialism, moral responsibility and determinism as topics for key stage 2 exploration? Is this book suggesting that primary children can tackle these big ideas? Has Peter Worley ever been inside a school? The answers are yes, yes, yes and yes. Worley is seriously presenting this material for use in schools...This is, I think, a pretty comprehensive package. Many of the stimulus stories derive from classical origins, but these are mixed with the contemporary tale of Billy Bash the school bully and the futuristic Ceebies stories, which use an increasingly humanoid robot to explore what it means to be human. In all cases, the quality of the stimulus material is high and the task questions are engaging and demanding. Without the context of the stories, many of the questions, such as "Do you think the mind is the same thing as the brain?" or "Is it possible to think of nothing?" would be out of reach for primary pupils. But within context, they are exciting opportunities for exploration and I can imagine primary children getting very involved with them.' --Sanford Lakoff
'This is a timely and valuable contribution: a capacity to think critically is the key component of any education, and Worley is an inventive enhancer of children's ability to think for themselves.'--Sanford Lakoff
'A very well-organised and thought-out book...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.' --Sanford Lakoff
'Peter is skilled at making a potentially complex subject as accessible as it could be... Each session is clearly laid out, graded for difficulty as well as age-suitability, and accompanied with information about the relevant philosophical question.' --Sanford Lakoff

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Table of Sessionsp. xiii
How to Do Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroomp. 1
Introductionp. 3
The If Machinep. 10
Philosophical Enquiries in the Classroomp. 14
Teaching Strategiesp. 29
The PhiE Sessionsp. 47
The Chairp. 49
The Meaning of Ant Lifep. 57
Can You Step in the Same River Twice?p. 61
Republic Islandp. 66
The Ring of Gygesp. 74
The Prince and the Pigp. 80
The Ship of Theseusp. 86
The Happy Prisonerp. 93
Goldfingerp. 98
The Frog and the Scorpionp. 105
The Little Old Shop of Curiositiesp. 111
The Shadow of the Pyramidp. 117
Billy Bashp. 128
Thinking About Nothingp. 135
Yous on Another Planetp. 139
The Ceebie Storiesp. 143
The Ceebie Stories: Friendsp. 144
The Ceebie Stories: The Tony Testp. 149
The Ceebie Stories: The Robberyp. 155
The Ceebie Stories: The Androidp. 162
The Ceebie Stories: The Liep. 166
The Ceebie Stories: The Rebuildp. 172
The Ceebie Stories: Finally Human?p. 176
To the Edge of Foreverp. 178
Where Are You?p. 182
Get Stuffed: Fun with Metaphysicsp. 186
Glossaryp. 191
Bibliographyp. 195
Useful Websitesp. 196
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ISBN: 9781441155832
ISBN-10: 144115583X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 19th December 2010
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1