On Philosophy’s Lost Childhood

| August 26, 2011

One of the tragedies of the grownup is his loss of a sense of wonder, curiosity and playfulness, in short, of childhood. But these emotions are central to philosophical enquiry. Perhaps by starting philosophy earlier and seeing to it that it continues throughout school, grownups will rediscover suppressed reservoirs of playfulness and leisure.

—Robert Mulvaney, “Philosophy for Children in its Historical Context”

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None of us is philosophical enough to know how to put himself in a child’s place.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile