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“Everyone Can Be a Philosopher” March 13, 2013

Filed under: academia,appearance,gender,gender stereotypes,women in philosophy — Lady Day @ 3:25 am

Hey! Wanna feel happy about stuff for a few minutes? Feminist Philosophers reader Sophie Collins sent us the following remarks and image. So very awesome!

I’m a big fan of the blog, as a feminist philosophy undergrad, it’s great to see.

Just wanted to tell you a story that happened in my philosophy class today. I facilitate philosophy classes in primary schools, and today the kids were given the task to draw a symbolic picture which would represent what you need to be like, to be a philosopher. The picture was going to make part of an advert for a different school which needs a philosophy teacher.

Some kids drew speech bubbles, some drew thinking bubbles, some drew them very smartly dressed (because it is a job). Most drew stick people without a gender.

One drew herself, because she is a philosopher.   One drew a guy with a beard, for scratching.

We then brought the best bits of the pictures together to form one picture, for the advert.

I asked if the beard was needed. I said that I am a philosopher,and I don’t have a beard. We discussed it for a bit,and in the end decided to draw a person with pigtails and a beard, and a question mark next to their head to show that it doesn’t matter if you’re a boy or a girl, everyone can be a philosopher.



3 Responses to ““Everyone Can Be a Philosopher””

  1. Alison Reiheld Says:

    I hope Sophie is reading the comments, here. This is excellent. I do some phil for kids, as well. Hey, Sophie (and other folks who do phil for kids), the journal Questions has the new call for papers out, and they publish work by and about pre-college philosophers. You might consider submitting the lesson plan and the resulting image for publication.


    The deadline is April 15, 2013. Submissions to questionsjournal@gmail.com

    Written submissions should be sent in Word, WordPerfect, or Rich Text File formats (.doc, .wpd, or .rtf). Please cite and format scholarly articles according to the guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style; use endnotes rather than footnotes. Send images, whether photographs, drawings, paintings, etc. as uncompressed image files with at least a 300 dpi resolution.

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  2. Sophie Collins Says:

    Hi Alison,

    That looks excellent. Just finishing off some mid-terms, but then I would love to submit the lesson plan.

    Thanks very much!


  3. Grace Says:

    I’m so happy Sophie has posted this. It was a lovely moment to watch in the classroom, and a spontaneous opportunity for the children we work with to do a bit of feminist philosophy.

    Sophie is part of ‘Leeds Philosophy Exchange’ a project that takes philosophers into schools.

    See here if you’re interested.


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