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UNESCO Study “Philosophy: A School of Freedom”
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UNESCO publishes “Philosophy: A School of Freedom. Teaching philosophy and learning to philosophize: Status and prospects” - an innovative publication based on the results of a worldwide study and abounding with unprecedented recommendations and proposals on the teaching of philosophy.
UNESCO Study “Philosophy: A School of Freedom”Discovering the wonder of children when they face questions aroused by their encounter with reflective thought is the purpose of the first chapter of this publication. It offers a glimpse into an entirely new field of teaching: introducing philosophy at the pre-school and primary levels. Readers discover the full significance of giving children both the opportunity and the space to tackle questions of a philosophical nature, including metaphysical ones, to which science cannot find answers. This aspiration urges us to reflect more profoundly on education, on learning, as well as on the role of teachers.

Encountering philosophy during adolescence proves to be such an important point in the memory of one’s educational career! Chapter II reveals the multiple facets of what the imprint left will be, a genuine creative potential. Readers will sense the pedagogical force of philosophy teaching at this turning point in people’s lives, when one’s personality seeks to construct itself. Teenagers who question, often opposing in order better to affirm themselves, this is the pattern of the evolution – revolution that the publication proposes to grasp with all its underlying paradoxes and contradictions.

Describing the vast field of philosophical reflection at university is the ambition of Chapter III. It grapples with all the complexity of philosophy teaching with its many facets and ramifications, as well as the variety of its intrinsic links with the defense of academic freedoms and of freedom of expression.

Drawing upon philosophy’s infinite resources is the aspiration of Chapter IV, by spelling out all the richness of alternative ways of philosophizing: other places, other needs, other responses…. These pages will not fail to surprise readers by the unexpectedness of the practices they describe, and also by the originality of twenty suggestions that call upon each and every one’s imagination and will to become involved.

Exploring the extent of philosophy through figures, quotes, graphics and statistics on the basis of the results of UNESCO’s questionnaire – this is what Chapter V is designed to do. In its way, it makes its contribution to reflecting the flourishing picture of philosophy.

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Author(s) UNESCO
Editor(s) UNESCO Publishing
Publication Date 20-10-2007
Publisher UNESCO
Publication Location Paris
Number of Pages 279 p.
ISBN 978-92-3-104070-2

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