University of Washington’s Center for Philosophy for Children
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August 27, 2016
Schools Aren't Teaching the Most Important Subject for Kids
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March 10, 2016
Schools Are Finally Starting to Teach Kids Philosophy
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February 19, 2016
The Philosophical Child
Listen to Jana Mohr Lone on the New Books Network podcast

November 13, 2015
Dear Moms & Dads: Stop Underestimating Your Children
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September 26, 2015
Listen to Jana Mohr Lone on "Do-It-Yourself"" - Sound Effect on KPLU

July 31, 2015
Schools are starting to teach kids philosophy - and it's completely changing the way students think
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July 18, 2015
Someone Saved My Life
Listen to Jana Mohr Lone on "Someone Saved My Life"" - Sound Effect on KPLU

June 13, 2015
How you talk to children about death - life's final act
Listen to Jana Mohr Lone discuss engaging children in conversations about death on KPLU's Sound Effect

March 27, 2015
12 Best Philosophical Picture Books for Kids - And How to Get the Most Out of Them
Jana Mohr Lone list her 12 favorite picture books for inspiring philosophical conversation with children. Listening to stories being read aloud, an experience many of us had when we were children, is conducive to creating an open and relaxed atmosphere for thinking about deep and fundamental questions.
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June 8, 2014
The benefits of teaching philosophical inquiry to kids.
Listen to An interview with Director Jana Mohr Lone on Philosophy Talk radio.

May 13, 2014
Innovators Among Us: Preparing Students for Life after Graduation
Jana Mohr Lone and Sara Goering help UW students think deeply, from multiple perspectives, and with an open-minded spirit of inquiry. In turn, their UW students help K-12 children do the same.
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March 19, 2014
Ethics Takes Center Stage at Competition
Should college athletes be paid? To what extent should politicians’ sexual indiscretions be forgiven? Is it ethical to arm rebels in countries where we're not at war? These sorts of ethical questions have no easy answers, as high school students discovered at the first annual Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, held on the University of Washington campus in February.
See more at UW Perspectives

March 13, 2014
UW philosophers help small children ponder life's big questions
Most people think of philosophy as a subject for college, not kindergarten. But University of Washington philosopher Jana Mohr Lone believes young children benefit just as much from discussing big questions about life.
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February 18, 2014
At Seattle Elementary, Philosopher Helps Kids Explore The 'Why' Questions
Students at Seattle's John Muir Elementary School are trying to answer life's big questions. Along with reading and math, the school's curriculum includes philosophy.
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February 1, 2014
High-School Ethics Bowl a First for Washington State
In the first Washington State High School Ethics Bowl, 100 students spent their Saturday discussing topics from the legalization of marijuana to forgiving political sex scandals to supporting research on genetically engineered meat.
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November 24, 2013
Someone You Should Know: Jana Mohr Lone
Jana Mohr Lone doesn't have answers for kids, just many questions. As the founder and director of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children, she is committed to bring philosophy into young people's lives.
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October 23, 2013
Experts: 'Selfie syndrome' not necessarily narcissistic
A lot of young people seem to be obsessed with taking pictures of themselves and posting it to Instagram and Facebook. But some experts say, it doesn't mean they're narcissistic or vain - in fact, it's perfectly normal.
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October 14, 2013
Philosopher in Residence Program Teaches Kids to Question
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July 14, 2013
Are the humanities really in decline?
The Heart of the Matter” attempts to further the conversation about the importance of humanities. The report “calls on parents, teachers, scholars, the media and the public at-large to join a cohesive and constructive national discussion of these issues.” We spoke with several academics in an attempt to do just that.
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Juy 2013
SheSource Online Braintrust

May 30, 2013
Encouraging critical thinking in K-12 schools
Are thoughts real? When professor Jana Mohr Lone's four-year-old son started asking such questions, it prompted her to consider how critical thinking and dialogical skills are taught to young children.
UW community newsletter, Front Porch: FULL STORY

Spring/summer 2013
Philosophy and Children: The Art of Questioning
Almost all very young children are alive with questions; they seem to naturally recognize that this is the way to investigate and understand the world.
At some point, however, most children absorb the message that questions are often not particularly welcome. They learn that having a question means that there is something they should have already grasped but have not.
ParentMap posts on doing philosophy with children - FULL STORY

March 7, 2013
Loyola University Maroon article on philosophy for children

January 24, 2013
Seattle Town Hall - Raising a Philosophical Child - Jana Mohr Lone (YouTube)

January 8, 2013
UW News and Information 'The Philosophical Child': A book for when your child asks, 'Why are we here?'

November 20, 2011
Seattle Times NW Books: Parenting Advice on Philosophical Questions

November 2011
UW 360 - November 2011: Philosophy for Children

September 2011
Kiwi Magazine article "but why?" Raising kids that think

June 2011
Tedx talk by Sara Goering (YouTube)

January 20, 2011
Seattle NPR Radio Station KUOW - "The Conversation" with Ross Reynolds - Teaching Philosophy To Kids

December 19, 2010
Philosophy Talk Radio Show on Philosophy for Children
Philosophy Talk - Philosophy for Children

November 20, 2010 Article in UW Perspectives
"Fourth Grade Philosophers Hit the Airwaves"

March/April 2010
"Why Study Philosophy"
In special issue of Imagine Magazine (Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth)

May 13, 2002
Washington Post article on "Extracurricular Thinking"


January 21, 2015
UW Center Hosts State High School Ethics Bowl
The University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children will host the 2015 Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington Seattle Campus, on Saturday, January 31, 2015.
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January 6, 2014
First Washington State High School Ethics Bowl
The University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children will host the first Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington Seattle Campus, Saturday, February 1, 2014.
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July 9, 2013
First Philosopher-in-Residence Program
University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children has announced that the first Philosopher-in-Residence program in the Seattle public schools will begin this fall, starting at John Muir Elementary School.
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June 4, 2013
Xanthus Communications adds the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children
Xanthus Communications has announced the addition of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children to its client list.
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About the Center

Why philosophy for children?

Philosophers in the Schools Program



Jana Mohr Lone, Director
Press page

David Shapiro, Education Director

Sara Goering, Program Director

Kate Goldyn, Outreach Coordinator



PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization), a national organization that advcates and supports introducing philosophy to K-12 students

Wondering Aloud: Philosophy with Young People blog

Reference books in pre-college philosophy