Western Philosophy for Kids: Justice, Faith, and Free Will
This twelve-week course is designed for upper-elementary school students (grades three through six). The curriculum is a series of three illustrated chapter books about a group of preteen friends who embark on intellectual adventures.
The first book, Xperiment, examines the nature of justice through Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. The second book, Finding Faith, concerns arguments for and against the existence of God, drawing on Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Pascal. The third book, Will Power, explores Stoic versus Epicurean views of human freedom.
Students will spend four weeks on each book, reading three or four chapters per week. They will write one essay at the end of each book, with feedback from the author of the series, Dr. Sharon Kaye. She will also meet with the students online each week for a virtual classroom discussion.
Live Classes: The first online meeting, for introductions, is Monday, February 3, 2020, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Thereafter, the classes will meet every week at the same time, as decided by the students and the teacher, through April 27. During these meetings, Dr. Kaye will explain the philosophical background for the assigned chapters and conduct a discussion of the content contained within them.
Student Expectations: Students will be expected to write three essays, one for each novel.
Student Support: The instructor is available via email.
Feedback/Assessment: Feedback will be provided on each of the three essays.
Materials/Supplies: Students will need the three philosophy novels: Xperiment, Finding Faith, and Will Power, as well as the accompanying guidebooks. PURCHASE THE BOOKS FOR THIS COURSE AT A DISCOUNTED RATE HERE.