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Philosophy now?

Few people, ironically, have yet made a persuasive, rational argument for the introduction of philosophy onto the school curriculum, but Michael Hand believes he’s nailed the syllogism that proves the case

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Calls for philosophy to be taught in schools are all the rage.

John Taylor and AC Grayling are spearheading a national campaign for the introduction of a philosophy GCSE. The Education Endowment Foundation recommends philosophy for children, as a way of developing effective learners in primary schools. And the president of Ireland, Michael Higgins, champions the teaching of philosophy to help young people navigate “an ever more complex, interconnected and uncertain world”.

But the current enthusiasm for teaching children philosophy is not always accompanied by well-articulated reasons for ...

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