Philosophy for Kids: Justice, Faith, and Free Will


This course is designed for upper elementary and middle school students. The curriculum is a series of three illustrated chapter books about a group of tween-aged friends who embark on intellectual adventures. The first book, Xperiment, examines the nature of justice through Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. The second, Finding Faith, concerns arguments for and against the existence of God, drawing on Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Pascal. The third, Will Power, explores Stoic versus Epicurean views of human freedom. Students will spend two weeks on each book. They will write one essay at the end of the course, with feedback from the author of the series, Dr. Sharon Kaye. Dr. Kaye will also meet with the students online each week for a virtual classroom discussion.


Sharon Kaye

Class Details

Live Class: Yes

Frequency: Weekly, Thursdays 10-11 a.m. ET
The first online meeting, for introductions, is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 10, 2017, 10-11 am.

Duration: 6 weeks, second session

Student Expectations:
Students will complete one essay.

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email.

Feedback will be provided on the essay.

Students will need a copy of Xperiment, Finding Faith, and Will Power. Resource page.

Students should be comfortable navigating basic computer functions.

For Ages:

Tentative Agenda:
Week 1: Xperiment
Week 2: Xperiment
Week 3: Finding Faith
Week 4: Finding Faith
Week 5: Will Power
Week 6: Will Power