Student Work – Matthew Lipman

By Roselyn Rosa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Lipman is famous for many reasons. During the Vietnam War, Matthew Lipman, a philosopher and educator, concluded that many Americans were having trouble presenting their views about the disagreement persuasively, which in fact bothered him. At this time Lipman was teaching at Columbia University and also found that many adults could not reason for themselves and he was afraid that it will be too late for them to learn. Then he came up with an essential idea to teach children philosophy, which will begin from pre-kindergarten and continue through high school. Matthew Lipman is recognized as the founder of philosophy for children. Professor Lipman’s philosophy was promoted by an organization that he found in 1974, the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children, at Montclair State University. The method in helping children develop philosophical thinking consisted of  children sitting in a circle and taking turns reading aloud from a work of fiction that intends to replicate philosophical discussion. The teacher will express the conversation at first, and then lets the students come up with their own questions and answer them. The name that Lipman gave this study was “community of inquiry”.

Matthew Lipman died at age 87 on Sunday, December 26, in the Green Hill Retirement Community in West Orange. He died suddenly. Lipman first married Wynona Moore, which ended up in a divorce. She was the first African-American woman to be elected to the New Jersey State Senate. Then, Lipman married Theresa Smith. Lipman was predeceased in 2006 by his wife Theresa Smith and in 1984 by his son Will Lipman. He was survived by his daughter Karen Lipman.

Sources

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/15/education/15lipman.html?_r=1&ref=deathsobituarie  s

http://www.northjersey.com/obituaries/112647494_Matthew_Lipman__87.html

http://groups.google.com/group/fa.philos-l/msg/af0431e1ef926d01

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