lipman’s novels or turning philosophy inside-out


  • stefano oliverio


Matthew Lipman, Bildung, Narrative, Philosophical Novel


Starting from two passages of the autobiography of Lipman, which represent the description of a sort of ‘primary scene’ of P4C, the presented paper shows how the Deweyan notion of qualitative thought is pivotal for the entire Lipmanian undertaking. Dewey’s distinction between ‘situation’ and ‘object’ in thinking is read into the Lipman differentiation of schemata and concepts and used to analyze the reasons for which narrative comes to play a crucial role in the project of education for thinking. The mobilization of narrative entails a movement of turning the history of philosophy inside out, which may be considered the major achievement (both educationally and philosophically) of Lipman. This movement is opposite to that of mere historicization and can also be construed in terms of ‘dramatization,’ culminating in the Bildung.




How to Cite

oliverio, stefano. (2015). lipman’s novels or turning philosophy inside-out. Childhood & Philosophy, 11(21), 81–92. Retrieved from



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