Rules for Doing Philosophy

From Big Ideas For Little Kids: Teaching Philosophy Through Children's Literature, by Dr. Thomas Wartenberg


This is Wartenberg's skelton or abbreviated list. In chapter 4 of his book he goes into richer, valuable detail.

For our workshops, we have slightly altered and reworded the rules.

Wartenberg's Rules:
  1. State your position on an issue - that is, answer a question that has been asked - in a clear manner after taking time to think.
  2. Figure out if you agree or disagree with what has been said, and then state that.
  3. Present a real example of the abstract issue being discussed.
  4. Present a counterexample to a claim that has been proposed.
  5. Put forward a revised version of a claim in light of criticism.
  6. Support your position with reasons.

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