chapter  5
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Teaching critical perspectivism

ByLaura D’Olimpio

Teaching philosophy to young people affords them the opportunity of cultivating an attitude of critical perspectivism. The study of philosophy, as taught using the philosophy for children (P4C) methodology such as the community of inquiry (CoI), can help young people practice critical thinking skills, collaborative learning techniques and caring dispositions. In order to be able to adopt an attitude of critical perspectivism, one requires the intellectual virtue of discernment, along with other critical thinking skills and moral habits. These skills and attributes will set the learner up as a global citizen who is able to ascertain how best, on balance, to proceed with respect to the information they receive.