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Proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy

Volume 52, 2008

Teaching Philosophy

Werner Busch
Pages 17-23
DOI: 10.5840/wcp2220085251

The Great Philosophers as Teachers of Mankind
Philosophy Teaching In the Schools of the World

The question is, of whether alongside a theme and method concentrated philosophy teaching it would be sensisible for young people to have a teaching form where great philosophers themselves are the centre of interest and are presented as personalities engaged in philosophical research. As an illustration the philosophers Plato, René Descartes, John Locke and Immanuel Kant, who essentially laid down the foundations of modern scientific thinking, would be presented in relationship to teaching practice. This train of thought can be extended without exception for all nations and all forms of culture so long as the conditions of peaceableness and civilizing productivity are met with. Exemplary biographies could play a large role for young people with regard to their psychological development.