Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children

Volume 19, Issue 2/3, 2009

Stephanie Burdick-Shepherd
Pages 64-69

Reading Feminist Desires

Philosophy for Children educators facilitate awareness, wonder, and the practice of philosophy. I consider that this is a process of a ‘turning-towards’ philosophy. Through a consideration of this process in three works of Western philosophy; Plato’s Symposium; Augustine’s Confessions; and Beauvoir’s Ethics of Ambiguity; I will conclude that aspects of desire permeate the process of turning towards philosophy. I then focus on a reading of Luce Irigaray to elucidate desire within philosophy. This feminist reading of desire can become a pedagogical focus for Philosophy for Children educators.