Seen and Not Heard

Seen and Not Heard

Why Children's Voices Matter

Jana Mohr Lone


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How might society benefit if children were recognized as independent thinkers, capable of seeing clearly and contributing in valuable ways to our world? How would children’s lives change if what they said was not often ignored or patronized?

In a series of conversations with children about many of life’s important philosophical questions, Seen and Not Heard reveals children as perceptive and original thinkers. Guided by discussions about the meaning of childhood, friendship, justice and fairness, happiness, and death, the book invites us to rethink our beliefs about children and become more receptive to the ways we can learn from them.


Jana Mohr Lone:

Jana Mohr Lone is director of the Center for Philosophy for Children and affiliate associate professor of philosophy at the University of Washington, and author of The Philosophical Child, co-author of Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools, and co-editor of Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People.