Talk To Your Kids About Philosophy

…before someone else does

Many thanks to Linda for the hilarious find.

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Pen

    That’s funny. In France, philosophy is on the high school curriculum (though I missed those years). I believe you have to pass to get your Bac, and French kids have parents on their tail about philo homework. It is also the avowed subject of many books for children of ages from 6 or 7 up. They tend to talk about concepts like Life, Death, Peace, Equality. I liked Sophie’s World, though that one’s Scandinavian.

    • Nathan

      I love Sophie’s World…when my kids start asking questions about philosophical stuff…they will be reading this book.

  • JesseW

    Here’s where this is from: . The page there links to the original, which apparently was an ad campaign for an art school, of all things.

  • Bret

    They should be teaching that stuff in schools. I feel uncomfortable talking about such things with my kid.

    • sailor1031

      It is not for the schools to usurp the doG-given right of parents (and churches) to fill the heads of children with prejudice, illogical thinking and disinformation.

      PS: I’ve always wondered why people have children if the children make them so uncomfortable……go figure.

    • Bret

      Do you really wonder why some people have children they don’t really want?

      [For the record, my child is hypothetical, so I can freely feel uncomfortable around the little prick.]

  • opposablethumbs, que le pouce enragé mette les pouces

    Bret – as long as they deal with the subject in a sensitive and responsible manner of course.

    Srsly, though, if anyone happened to want some great intro to philosophy/critical thinking for kids (and adults) books check out Stephen Law – Philosophy Gym series, and Believing Bullshit for example. Well worth a look.

  • reasonbeing

    That is very funny. Though I will say, it worked for me. I had questioned religion in high school. It wasn’t until I was in college, took some philosophy classes (eventually minored in it, then got MA in Political Philosophy) that I realized there were so many other schools of thought out there that I was able to walk away from Catholicism. I wish they taught philosophy in high school.

  • echidna

    I wish they taught philosophy in high school.

    It should be standard. Look at the International Baccalaureate, designed as a standard course for people away from decent schools.

    • doktorzoom

      The International Baccalaureate, eh? Don’t you mean the UN Program to Indoctrinate Children to Become Socialists (Also “Agenda 21″ because it Sounds Really Scary)?

    • IB

      Technicly in the IB, its Theory of Knowledge that is the compulsory subject, its fairly watered down philosphicly speaking, and is as much about epistimilogy and essay writing skills as anything else. Loved it all the same.
      Philosophy is available as an option under group 3 subjects (humanities/social sciences basicly), but by no means compulsory.

  • johnblackheart

    I had to pass this on as well, thanks.