Byline: Deborah Ross firstname.lastname@example.org
ACCORDING to reports earlier this week, philosophy lessons are about to be introduced into dozens of state primary schools, and you know what? It's about time, too.
As it is, most of our five-year-olds don't know the first thing about philosophy and some even get to six -- six! -- without appreciating existentialism, the true nature of despair, Cartesian dualism or even the difference between reflective and prereflective consciousness.
Instead, it is My-Little-Pony-this and Thomas- The-Tank-Engine-that and it's a scandal, that's what it is.
However, change is certainly afoot or, as Peter Worley, director of The Philosophy Shop, the social enterprise that will be teaching these classes, put it: 'Philosophy can make a huge difference to five-year-olds who are not used to disciplined thinking or following a train of thought to a degree of depth.'
I hope philosophy does make that difference because, at present, most of our five-year-olds are absolutely useless when it comes to following a train of thought through to its logical conclusion. …