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Matthews, Gareth B. 1929-

Works: 39 works in 212 publications in 17 languages and 9,041 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folklore  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Translator, Creator
Classifications: B105.C45, 189.2
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Gareth B Matthews
Philosophy and the young child by Gareth B Matthews( Book )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,050 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El autor se ha propuesto demostrar que los niños pueden tomar de una manera natural los problemas filosóficos e incluso con orden y claridad. Lo prueba por medio de ejemplos tomados directamente de los niños. Acude, inclusive, a formalismos científicos para apoyar ciertos supuestos de la capacidad de abstracción infantil, de la que muchos adultos carecen
The philosophy of childhood by Gareth B Matthews( Book )

41 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in 8 languages and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

So many questions, such an imagination, endless speculation: the child seems to be a natural philosopher - until the ripe old age of eight or nine, when the spirit of inquiry mysteriously fades. What happened? Was it something we did - or didn't do? Was the child truly the philosophical being he once seemed? Gareth Matthews takes up these concerns in The Philosophy of Childhood, a searching account of children's philosophical potential and of childhood as an area of philosophical inquiry. Seeking a philosophy that represents the range and depth of children's inquisitive minds, Matthews explores both how children think and how we, as adults, think about them. Adult preconceptions about the mental life of children tend to discourage a child's philosophical bent, Matthews suggests, and he probes the sources of these limiting assumptions: restrictive notions of maturation and conceptual development, possible lapses in episodic memory; the experience of identity and growth as "successive selves," which separate us from our own childhoods. By exposing the underpinnings of our adult views of childhood, Matthews, a philosopher and longtime advocate of children's rights, clears the way for recognizing the philosophy of childhood as a legitimate field of inquiry. He then conducts us through various influential models for understanding what it is to be a child, from the theory that individual development recapitulates the development of the human species to accounts of moral and cognitive development, including Piaget's revolutionary model. The metaphysics of playdough, the authenticity of children's art, the effects of divorce and intimations of mortality on a child - all have a place in Matthews's rich discussion of the philosophical nature of childhood. His book will prompt us to reconsider the distinctions we make about development and the competencies of mind, and what we lose by denying childhood its full philosophical breadth
Dialogues with children by Gareth B Matthews( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogues generated over a year of weekly meetings with 8 children at a school in Edinburgh. The author and the children attempted to craft stories reflecting philosophical problems
Harry Potter and philosophy : if Aristotle ran Hogwarts( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Harry Potter and Philosophy, individual chapters look at such topics as life revealed in the Mirror of Erised; the ethics of magic; Moaning Myrtle, Nearly Headless Nick, and the relation of the mind to the brain; and the character of Hermione as a case of "sublimated feminism." Also examined in this collection are how Aristotle would have run a school for wizards; whether the Potter stories undermine religion and morality; how to tell good people from evil ones through the characters in these novels; and what dementors and boggarts can teach readers about happiness, fear, and the soul. --From publisher's description
The Augustinian tradition( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Socratic perplexity and the nature of philosophy by Gareth B Matthews( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gareth Matthews suggests that we can better understand the nature of philosophical inquiry if we recognize the central role played by perplexity. The seminal representation of philosophical perplexity is in Plato's dialogues; Matthews invites us to view this as a response to something inherently problematic in the basic notions that philosophy deals with. He examines the intriguing shifts in Plato's attitude to perplexity and suggests that this development may be seen as an archetypal pattern that philosophers follow even today."--Jacket
Thought's ego in Augustine and Descartes by Gareth B Matthews( Book )

8 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his concise and ambitious book, Gareth B. Matthews explores the implications of doing philosophy in the first person. He focuses on the most notable attempts in the history of philosophy to take this perspective: Augustine's Confessions, perhaps the first significant autobiography in Western culture, and Soliloquies, a dialogue between himself and reason; and Descartes's Meditations and Discourse on Method. "By examining the first-personalization of philosophy in these two historical figures," he writes, "we can learn something important about our own philosophical options, and about those of any other thinker who dares, philosophically, to say 'I.'" Matthews starts by considering the 'I' that knows - and how it can know what it knows - in Cartesian and Augustinian thought. He goes on to explore the problems that dreams and other cognitive states apparently divorced from the "real world" pose for understandings of identity and knowledge. He then discusses the potentially authoritative bases for philosophical claims made in first-person philosophizing, and closes by considering how themes, concepts, and lines of reasoning can take on related yet clearly different forms in the work of these two philosophers. This book will be of great interest to philosophers of mind and epistemologists, historians of philosophy and their students, philosophers of religion, and theologians, as well as specialists in Cartesian and Augustinian thought
Augustine by Gareth B Matthews( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This survey takes readers on a thought-provoking tour through the life and work of Augustine. Topics discussed include skepticism, language acquisition, mind-body dualism, philosophical dream problems, time and creation, faith and reason, foreknowledge and free will. The book concludes with a consideration of how Augustine could be both a religious believer - indeed, a prominent theological dogmatist - and also a Socratic philosopher."--Jacket
On Aristotle's Categories by Ammonius( Book )

12 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ammonius, who taught most of the leading sixth-century Neoplatonists, introduced the methods of his own teacher, Proclus, from Athens to Alexandria. These are exemplified in his commentaries: for instance, in the set of ten introductory questions prefixed to this commentary, which became standard. The commentary is interesting for the light it sheds on the religious situation in Alexandria. It used to be said that the Alexandrian Neoplatonist school was allowed to remain open after the Athenian school closed because Ammonius has agreed with the Christian authorities to keep quiet about his religious views. On the contrary, as this commentary shows he freely declared his belief in the Neoplatonist deities. The philosophical problems considered by Ammonius offer a unique insight into Aristotle's Categories. They exercise the mind and deepen understanding of the subject matter. Modern readers would do well to put the same questions to themselves."--Bloomsbury Publishing
On the Trinity by Augustine( Book )

10 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a major statement of Augustine's thought, in which he develops his philosophy of mind, On the Trinity had a considerable influence on medieval philosophy, and continues to interest philosophers today. This edition presents it together with a philosophical and historical introduction by Gareth Matthews, and useful notes on further reading
The philosopher's child : critical perspectives in the Western tradition( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Philosopher's Child is a collection of 11 contemporary essays (including 6 contributions especially written for this volume), each of which examines the views of a different philosopher (Aristotle, Firestone, Hobbes, Kant, Locke, Mill, Rawls, Rousseau, Socrates, the Stoics, and Wittgenstein) on the topic of children and childhood. Each of the contributing authors to this ground-breaking volume is a specialist in the area of the philosopher he or she considers, and they offer the reader both the opportunity to review the thoughts of these important thinkers on a subject that is fast becoming an issue of great urgency and the chance to examine (for the first time) those thoughts within a critical context
Philosophieren mit Kindern : ein Konzept by Michael Fröhlich( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in German and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nachdenken mit Kindern : aus der Praxis der Kinderphilosophie in der Grundschule( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in German and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kreatives Philosophieren mit Kindern : Angst und Mut by Kristina Calvert( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in German and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Within the forest : a new approach to fairy tales by Susan Ohanian( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La filosofia e il bambino by Gareth B Matthews( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in Italian and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concept formation and explanation of behavior( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Domišljija by Gareth B Matthews( )

1 edition published in 2001 in Slovenian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sklepanje by Gareth B Matthews( )

1 edition published in 1999 in Slovenian and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Philosophy and the young child
Alternative Names
Gareth B. Matthews Philosoph

Gareth B. Matthews philosophe américain

Gareth B. Matthews philosophe américain (1929-2011)

Gareth Matthews American philosopher (1929-2011)

Gareth Matthews filosofo statunitense

Matthews, G. B. 1929-2011

Matthews, Gareth 1929-

Matthews, Gareth 1929-2011

매슈스, 가레스 B. 1929-2011

매슈스, 개러스 1929-2011

매슈즈, 가레스 B. 1929-2011

매튜스, 가레스 B. 1929-2011

매튜스, 가레쓰 B. 1929-2011

매튜스, 가레트 1929-2011

マシューズ, G. B.

マシューズ, ガレス・B

The philosophy of childhoodDialogues with childrenHarry Potter and philosophy : if Aristotle ran HogwartsThe Augustinian traditionSocratic perplexity and the nature of philosophyAugustineOn the TrinityThe philosopher's child : critical perspectives in the Western tradition