Thinking Children investigates the concept of child' from a philosophical perspective. Its aim is to come to an acceptable definition of child', and it is anticipated that such a definition will impact on how those seen as children are perceived in society. The author first explores the tions of personhood, self and identity, before reflecting on historical perspectives on childhood and the inclusion of children as active, participative, political and philosophical agents within society today. Children and adults are placed differently in society, and through coming to an acceptable definition of child', this book seeks to determine whether such differential status is merited. Thinking Children proposes that we might consider children as beings and t becomings, and empower them to be active and participative citizens, since they are able and adept reasoners. This book will be of interest to all students on Childhood Studies and Education Studies courses, as well as lecturers and researchers in the field.
Claire Cassidy is Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Strathclyde, UK, where she is the Course Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Philosophy with Children.