Interview with Thomas Wartenberg

Monday, February 5, 2007.

Thomas WartenbergMark speaks with Professor Thomas Wartenberg about the often overlooked philosophical concerns of young children, the deep philosophical issues raised by children’s books and the genesis of Philosophy For Children — an innovative college course which harnesses the power of children’s books to help children learn to think about and discuss issues of philosophy, politics and social justice.

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Comment by Peter A. Mello

February 10, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

Just catching up on listening after a family vacation in Grand Cayman and really enjoyed your interview with Professor Wartenberg. Thanks again and keep up the great work!

Comment by Mark

February 10, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

Welcome back, Peter. I hope you and your family had a fantastic vacation.

Thanks for your comment on the interview with Professor Wartenberg, and for your words of encouragement.


Comment by Maughn Gregory

February 12, 2007 @ 10:49 am

Wonderful interview, Tom! You very eloquently make the most important point to be made in the field of Philosophy for Children: that children already have philosophical experiences and deserve the chance to inquire into them.


Comment by Vivian of CLIP Podcast

February 13, 2007 @ 11:21 pm

“children already have philosophical experiences and deserve the chance to inquire into them.”

I think oftentimes, we adults, are the ones who have difficulty taking up such issues with children.

I look forward to spending time on Thomas’ site.

Great interview Mark!

Comment by Mark

February 14, 2007 @ 7:53 am

Thank you, Vivian!

Comment by Tom

February 15, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

Thanks to everyone for their positive feedback! And thanks to Mark for the opportunity to discuss my work.


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Comment by Jayne Newman

January 30, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

What an incredible way to facilitate creative intellectual communication between children. I was praying for a way to facilitate productive discussions
among students in my daughter’s school where children are forced into silent lunch and have no venue to communicate and entertain ideas amongst themselves.

Comment by Lee

March 7, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

Wow! Thank you for your podcast and incredible website, Mr. Wartenberg! I’m really interested in incorporating this into my elementary classroom. Your students’ projects are an excellent resource (e.g. philosophical background and question sets).

Just one more book – what a treasure chest of gems here. I’ll be back for more and will spread the word!

Comment by Just One More Book!!

March 7, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

Thanks, Lee!

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Comment by Leah Bernstein

January 21, 2013 @ 9:56 am

Thanks for sharing Thomas Wartenberg share his work and the work of his college students. As a result of this dividual spirit, I am able to start a Young Philosophers Club in two intermediate schools this year. Now armed with select books and questions to stimulate discussion during club meetings,my anxiety level is diminished. Kids do have a lot to say, and Tom is correct when he said that they deserve to be listened to.
Thank you for the audio. It was so helpful.

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