right under our noses: the postponement of children's political equality and the NOW





child, equality, now, postponement, facilitation,


Responding to the invitation of this special issue of Childhood and Philosophy this paper considers the ethos of facilitation in philosophical enquiry with children, and the spatial-temporal order of the community of enquiry. Within the Philosophy with Children movement, there are differences of thinking and practice on ‘facilitation’ in communities of philosophical enquiry, and we suggest that these have profound implications for the political agency of children. Facilitation can be enacted as a chronological practice of progress and development that works against child, in terms of political agency. This paper theorises practices of facilitation grounded in philosophies of childhood that assume listening to child/ren as equals, as already able to philosophise, and against sameness. We explore the political and ethical implications of the radical posthumanist reconfiguration of the ‘zipped’ body in the light of including the disciplinary, imaginative and enabling energies of chronological time through the concept now/ness.  We shift from ethics to ethos, and from ‘zipped’ to ‘unzipped’ bodies, through the notion of affect to explore the temporal and spatial dimensions of facilitation in Philosophy with Children and children’s political agency. We re-turn to David McKee’s Not Now Bernard (1980), getting ‘inside the text’, and attending to the postponement of equality in Philosophy with Children.

Author Biography

joanna haynes, university of plymouth institute of education

dr joanna haynes is associate professor in education studies at the university of plymouth.


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How to Cite

haynes, joanna, & murris, karin. (2021). right under our noses: the postponement of children’s political equality and the NOW. Childhood & Philosophy, 17, 01–21. https://doi.org/10.12957/childphilo.2021.55060



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