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Philosphy Art Museum
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Jan 15, 2018 2018-01-15

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Philosophical Discussions Through Books and Art

Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a free online curriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.

Plus: Philosophy @ the Virtual Art Museum is designed to foster philosophical discussions using works of art. Six units—ranging from portraits and landscapes to conceptual art and photography—feature three or four works of art in each. For each work, three to five questions assist students in articulating their response to the art. After they have discussed the questions for all the art pieces in a unit, students consider a series of philosophical questions based on issues raised by the works in that unit. These questions concern issues in a variety of different philosophical areas, such as the philosophy of mind and ethics, as well as the philosophy of art. The website is accessible in English, Spanish, Chinese, and other languages.

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