recent interviews with philosophy for children (p4c) scholars and practitioners


  • saeed naji


Philosophy for Children, Epistemology, Dialog, Democracy


In these two long-distance interviews, Iranian Saeed Naji, founder of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) movement in Iran, questions two veteran practitioners of philosophy for children/community of philosophical inquiry (CPI). He raises issues related to P4C/CPI as representative of a larger educational paradigm, which he calls “reflective education,” and weighs its prospects for replacing what he calls the “traditional paradigm” worldwide. He also queries the two scholars on issues such as criteria for appropriate texts/stimuli for practicing philosophy with children; issues around teacher preparation; the epistemological paradigm of CPI and its relation to the logic of scientific discovery and mathematical proof; the status of CPI as a “new” or reconstructed form of the discipline of philosophy; the prospects for a narrative approach to philosophy as exemplified in the new literary genre of the Lipmanian philosophical novel for children; the relationship between the practice of CPI in schools and the possibility for educational reconstruction, particularly in the area of social democracy and school governance; the significance of understanding the child as a “privileged stranger” to patriarchal colonialist culture, and the social implications of a form of education based on dialogue rather than forced enculturation; and the implications for the construction and delivery of curriculum in a school in which CPI and emergent curriculum were central organizational elements.




How to Cite

naji, saeed. (2013). recent interviews with philosophy for children (p4c) scholars and practitioners. Childhood & Philosophy, 9(17), 153–170. Retrieved from