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Methodical Review : journal of philosophy of education, Vol.21 No.2 February 2015. -

The article is based on the criticism of philosophy for children PFC being considered as part of the culture of therapy. This criticism claims that PFC treats children as -fragile and vulnerable- and that the PFC programme, which primarily aims at enhancing social and emotional skills, in fact contributes to the dependency and frailty of children. The article comes to the defence of PFC by presenting arguments against this reproach and goes on to analyse the concept that is in the heart of this criticism, i.e. the relationship between philosophy and therapy. In this context, a reference is made to Wittgenstein’s concept of philosophy as therapy which proves to be instrumental in reflecting on the relationship between academic philosophy and philosophical practices as well as in considering the fundamental goals of philosophy for children.

philosophy for children; culture of therapy; philosophy as therapy; Ludwig Wittgenstein

Author: Marjan Šimenc - ; Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia



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