Kennedy, David Books

David Kennedy is Professor of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University and a Fellow at the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children. He received his Ed.D. in Social and Philosophical Studies in Education from the University of Kentucky.

Changing Conceptions of the Child From the Renaissance to Post-Modernity
2006 0-7734-5645-7
This book traces the connections between childhood and philosophy along multidisciplinary pathways in the humanities. The first six chapters are located within the emerging field of philosophy of childhood. They explore the significance of childhood in Western culture and modal subjectivity in the context, not just of philosophy, but of social and cultural history and the history of ideas, art, literature, mythology, spirituality, psychoanalysis, developmental psychology, and educational theory. Their thematic movement is in the direction of a theory of adult-child dialogue with his implications, not just for child-rearing, but for the reconstruction of the school as an institution which recognizes and facilitates the lived world of childhood as an open space in human experience, and as a site for cultural transformation. The second part of the book offers sections of transcripts from two group dialogues – one among five-year-olds on the “origins of the world,” and the other among seven-year-olds on the phenomenon of conflict – and comments on their structural, logical and prosodic characteristics. The commentaries thematize the characteristics of young children’s deliberative discourse in both their differences from and similarities to adults’ and compare young children’s thinking about fundamental philosophical questions to that of adults.

Philosophical Dialogue with Children
2011 0-7734-1430-4
“Philosophical Dialogue with Children” is a collection of essays that explores our common presuppositions about childhood and children’s thinking, and challenges adults to re-examine their notions about children’s capacity to engage in philosophical dialogue in group settings like the classroom.