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Director of the Center for Philosophy for Children; Affiliate Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Washington

Jana Mohr Lone is the founder and director of the University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children. Since 1995 she has taught philosophy in classrooms from preschool to college, as well as taught college students, precollege teachers, parents and others about ways to bring philosophy into the lives of young people. She is the author of The Philosophical Child, which explores ways that parents, grandparents, and other adults can stimulate philosophical conversations about children's questions (2012); co-author of Philosophy in Education: Questioning and Dialogue in Schools, a textbook that offers theoretical and practical resources for precollege philosophy educators (2016); and co-editor of Philosophy and Education: Introducing Philosophy to Young People, which examines various issues involved in teaching philosophy to young people (2012). Her newest book, Seen and Not Heard, will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in spring 2021.

A frequent writer and speaker about pre-college philosophy, Jana is the founding president of PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization), the founding editor-in-chief of the journal Questions: Philosophy for Young People, and from 2009 to 2015 the chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy. She writes the blog Wondering Aloud: Philosophy with Young People.


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    Director of the Center for Philosophy for Children, University of Washington