"Thinking Children" investigates the concept of 'child' from a philosophical perspective. Its aim is to come to an acceptable definition of 'child', and it is anticipated that such a definition will impact on how those seen as children are perceived in society.The author first explores the notions of personhood, self and identity, before reflecting on historical perspectives on childhood and the inclusion of children as active, participative, political and philosophical agents within society today.Children and adults are placed differently society, and through coming to an acceptable definition of 'child', this book seeks to determine whether such differential status is merited. "Thinking Children" proposes that we might consider children as beings and not becomings, and empower them to be active and participative citizens, since they are able and adept reasoners.
Dr Claire Cassidy is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education, University of Strathclyde.
Introduction; 1. From where did Children come? A historical perspective; 2. The Morality of Personhood; 3. From the Self comes I; 4. The Reasoning Child; 5. Are Children Persons?; 6. The Citizen in Community; 7. Community of Philosophical Inquiry: A Tool for Empowerment; 8. Children as Beings; Glossary; References; Index.