What Kids Can Teach Adults about Philosophy

Scott Hershovitz in conversation with Aaron James

Some of the best philosophers in the world can be found in the most unlikely places: in preschools and playgrounds. They gather to debate questions about metaphysics and morality, even though they’ve never heard the words and can’t tie their shoelaces.

In this conversation with Aaron James, Scott Hershovitz will suggest that we shouldn’t just support kids in their philosophical adventures: we should join them, so that we can rekindle our own innate, childlike wonder at the world. We’d all be better, more discerning thinkers for it...

Scott Hershovitz is Director of the Law and Ethics Program and Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Michigan. His new book Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Adventures in Philosophy with Kids is published by Allen Lane. https://www.scotthershovitz.com / https://twitter.com/shershovitz

Aaron James is professor of philosophy at University of California, Irving. His research areas are ethics and political philosophy, with a focus on the global economy. He is the author of a number of books, including the bestselling Assholes: A Theory (2012). https://twitter.com/onassholes

Monday 23rd May

7pm (UK time)/2pm (EST)