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Why Kids Make the Best Philosophers

Why Kids Make the Best Philosophers

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Children are capable of abstract thought

Children are capable of abstract thought

However, children are sophisticated thinkers and more capable of abstract thought. In some ways, kids make better philosophers than adults because they question things grown-ups take for granted and are open to new ideas.

The late philosopher Gareth Matthews was one of the first people to notice this. Unlike Piaget, who supposed that children can't yet use logic, Matthews found that kids can reason in subtle ways from the ages of 3 to 7.

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Every child is a philosopher and often some of the best

Every child is a philosopher and often some of the best

Kids are constantly puzzled by the world. They always want to know how or why. Kids are also not concerned if they'll make mistakes or seem silly as they try and figure things out.

Developmental psychologists are catching on to kids’ capabilities. Children aren't just "primitive grownups gradually attaining perfection and complexity." Their minds are complex and powerful. If we can sustain kids’ curiosity, they might become more discerning adults.

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Kids can help adults become better thinkers

Kids can help adults become better thinkers

For adults to become better thinkers, they only have to talk to children and take them seriously.

Children's well-placed why's can push you past your ability to explain everyday things and help you question truths you hold dear. They can even help you see the world in a new way.

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Developmental psychologists are catching on that children from age 3 - 7 are often more capable of complex thought than previously thought. Adults can tap into that by actively talking and listening to them.

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