Western Philosophy for Kids: Justice, Faith, and Free Will

Term Fall 2020
Code WPHIL02
Ages 8-12
Instructor Dr. Sharon Kaye
Price $375

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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. During the live class meetings, Dr. Kaye will explain the philosophical background for the assigned chapters and conduct a discussion of the content contained within them.

Live Classes: Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from September 16th to December 9th

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.

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