Philosophy for Kids: Justice, Faith, and Free Will


This twelve-week summer school session is designed for upper-elementary school students (grades three through six). The curriculum is a series of three illustrated chapter books about a group of tween-aged friends embarked on intellectual adventures.

The first book, Xperiment, examines the nature of justice through Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. The second, Finding Faith, concerns arguments for and against the existence of God, drawing on Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Pascal. The third, Will Power, explores Stoic versus Epicurean views of human freedom.

Students will spend four weeks on each book, reading three or four chapters per week. They will write one essay at the end of each book, with feedback from the author of the series, Dr. Sharon Kaye. She will also meet with the students on-line each week for a virtual classroom discussion.

Our first online meeting, for introductions, is Monday, May 14, 2017, from 10-11am. Thereafter, we will meet every Monday from 5:30-6:30pm. During these meetings, Dr. Kaye will explain the philosophical background to the assigned chapters and conduct a discussion of the questions listed on the agenda, below.




Sharon Kaye

Class Details

Live Class: Yes

Frequency: Weekly, Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET
The first online meeting, for introductions, is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 14, 2018, from 10-11 a.m.

Duration: 12 weeks, summer session

Student Expectations:
Students will complete three essay.

Student Support:
Teacher is available via email.

Feedback will be provided on the essays.

Students will need a copy of Xperiment, Finding Faith, and Will Power. Resource page.


For Ages:

Tentative Agenda:
Week 1: Xperiment
Week 2: Xperiment
Week 3: Xperiment
Week 4: Xperiment
Week 5: Finding Faith
Week 6: Finding Faith
Week 7: Finding Faith
Week 8: Finding Faith
Week 9: Will Power
Week 10: Will Power
Week 11: Will Power
Week 12: Will Power