[MaFLa] Fwd: 2012 APA IAPC Special Symposium Call for Papers

Attila Pato attila.pato at gmail.com
Fri Apr 6 08:58:59 CEST 2012


Dear All,
I am pleased to present this call for papers:


Call for Papers: “The Philosophical Novel for Children: History, Theory,
and Prospects”



2012 American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Annual Meeting

December 27-30, 2012, at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis, Atlanta, GA

Special Symposium of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for
Children



*Overview:*
2010 saw the passing of the two greatest pioneers in the Philosophy for
Children (P4C) movement, Ann Margaret Sharp and Matthew Lipman.  In
appraising their monumental work and legacy, scholars have tended to focus
solely on the impact Sharp and Lipman had on educational philosophy and
pedagogical theory.  In addition to these areas of scholarly contribution,
however, Sharp and Lipman also devoted considerable effort to the
construction and reconstruction of the philosophical curriculum.  In this
regard, Sharp and Lipman pioneered the use of the philosophical novel for
children as a way of both initiating and teaching children to *do philosophy
*.  But important questions remain about the philosophical novel for
children, not only with regard to its function as the curricular
centerpiece of P4C, but about the theory and practice of narrative in both
education and philosophy, the location of the novel within the history of
philosophy, and the future of the philosophical novel and curriculum in
pre-college philosophy.



Lipman saw his own philosophical novels for children as “models of doing
philosophy that are clear, practical, and specific.”  In this sense,
teaching philosophy requires more than exposing students to its logical
form—that is, it’s most distinctive and essential qualities—but also to its
function and the circumstances of its emergence and practice.  Thus
philosophical novels are a way of “dramatizing philosophy” that allow
students to both recognize and assimilate its praxis.  This Lipmanian
understanding of the philosophical novel and its role in education has been
celebrated and championed by some scholars (eg., De Marzio, Kennedy, et.
al), while criticized and tempered by others (eg. Murris, Hand, et. al).  Given
the diversity of current perspectives on the philosophical novel, the time
is ripe for furthering the conversation on the history, theory, and
prospect of this highly significant and contested area of philosophical and
educational inquiry.



The Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) is
calling for papers that explore the theoretical and pedagogical
significance of the philosophical novel for children, to be presented at
the IAPC group session of the 2012 American Philosophical Association
Eastern Division Annual Meeting, December 27-30, in Atlanta, GA.  Presented
papers will also be considered for publication in a special issue of *Childhood
& Philosophy*, the official journal of the International Council of
Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC).



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   - Theories and forms of narrative and narrativity that support and/or
      challenge the theory and practice of children’s philosophy;
      - The construction and/or reconstruction of the history of philosophy
      via the philosophical novel;
      - The relationship between philosophical argument and philosophical
      narrative;
      - The question of whether philosophical novels are sufficient for the
      teaching of philosophy;
      - The philosophical novel as model of/for philosophical praxis;
      - Qualitative and/or quantitative research studies of philosophical
      novels;

Please see the attached file for submission information and deadlines.

Regards,

Joe

-- 
Joe Oyler
Programs Coordinator
Institute for the Advancement of
Philosophy for Children
oylerj at mail.montclair.edu
www.montclair.edu/iapc <http://cehs.montclair.edu/academic/iapc/>











-- 
Dr. Pató Attila
attila.pato at gmail.com
tel: + 420 77 302 31 02
http://www.mft-hps.hu/eindex.html
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