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Book Modules

Ready to try your hand at having a philosophical discussion with children? To help you out, we’ve assembled all the materials you’ll need to do so, except the books.

Most of the modules were created by students in Tom Wartenberg’s Philosophy for Children class at Mount Holyoke College. For each story or book, you will find a summary of the plot, a discussion of the main philosophical issues raised by the books, and a series of questions that can be used to initiate philosophical discussion of the story or book with children. Many have been edited by Jayme Johnson and Tom.

These are just suggestions for you to think about, so don’t feel bound by them. But they’ll help you get an idea of how to approach the discussion of the story that you choose.


In addition to the alphabetical listing below, book modules can be accessed through categories.

The main categories are aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, existentialism, logic, metaphysics, multiculturalism, language, the mind, religion, and society.

Each of these category pages also contains subcategories for more specific issues.


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This website was developed with the assistance of the Squire Family Foundation.