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ITOGA Keiko

ITOGA Keiko

I graduated from Japan Women's University and am currently teaching home economics at a private combined junior and high school. I first got interested in p4c by reading a certain magazine. I then thought I would like to learn p4c skills and to incorporate deep thinking in my classes. That was my encounter with p4c, which led me to participate in this workshop.

What is impressive about doing p4c?

When discussing a certain theme, the dialogue turns in an unexpected direction, and I am surprised by the depth of the children’s thinking.Through p4c, we are discovering a new aspect of children.

KANAZAWA Shōji

KANAZAWA Shōji

I graduated from Osaka Kyoiku University with a specialty in primary school courses (philosophy and ethics). I work for a public elementary school in Nishinomiya city. 10 years ago, I was introduced to p4c through Mr. Masuzaka and have been practicing it since then. I am feeling great pleasure when I am surprised at the words of children. The community ball connects each child, making the class become a cozy community (cooperative body).

What is impressive about doing p4c?

There are times when you feel what children carry inside from that remarks that they put much thought into. Little by little, through their choice of words, they work hard to express themselves. Children around them feel it, I can hear their breath being taken away. The child was able to say it and felt relieved. It is amazing. Really. I heard it. It was good. A moment that they can understand each other. I feel they are being saved.

KIKUCHI Jouri

KIKUCHI Jouri

I am a part time lecturer at the university in Kansai. I have a lot of opportunities to think with people in their late teens and beyond, and so I may have reached out to p4c in order to reach out to children. Inside the university campus and even off campus (i.e: a public reading, a small philosophy cafe, blogs, etc), we emphasize the opening of places of exploration to explore ideas thoroughly from multiple perspectives. In particular, the opening of the "Search Q (Café of thinking from multiple perspectives)" emphasizes listening to each and every person’s vague and incomprehensible experiences, which leads us to a dialogue that makes us think. This is connected to p4c.

What is impressive about doing p4c?

Even if one gets negative replies such as “it’s obvious,” “It can’t be helped,” “you can usually live without thinking those kinds of doubts,” one still asks questions. Sometimes you need courage, sometimes you receive strength from a friend, and sometimes you need a mischievous heart. Through p4c, even beginners and those who have done it many times, can encounter a bright change through an examined life.

TSUJI Akinori

TSUJI Akinori

I am a teacher at Minamisoma Municipal Junior High School, Fukushima Prefecture, and a staff member at the philosophy cafe@sendai. I graduated from Rikkyo University Faculty of Literature (Education), and graduated with a Ph.D from the Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University (Clinical Philosophy). My major is professional, clinical philosophy, and children's philosophy. I also am developing a Philosophical dialogue in Minamisoma City (Tagashi Cafe @ Minami Soma). Philosophy Cafe @ Minami Soma

What is impressive about doing p4c?

When the place of dialogue is filled with gentleness. Fun things, happy things, sad things, things that were hard ... At the cafe, when such stories were received with everyone's gentleness. I think that p4c is to cultivate kindness in everyone's heart.

TSUJIMURA Shuichi

TSUJIMURA Shuichi

I graduated from Kansai University Faculty of Literature and completed the first half of the doctoral program in Osaka University Graduate School of Letters (Clinical Philosophy). Currently, I am a teacher at Waseda Junior High School. I am strongly aware of the necessity of developing philosophical thought development at educational sites, and I have great expectations for the possibilities of p4c.

What is impressive about doing p4c?

It is when I am present at the moment of change in the order of questions that children grapple with during the process of dialogue and the moment when children make sense of things.

NAKAGAWA Masamichi

NAKAGAWA Masamichi

I have a doctorate in literature. I am a teacher at Kobe University Secondary School.

What is impressive about doing p4c?

I can not say it well, but when a person tries to tell the truth, there is a moment when the time has stopped and only words are heard. At that time, I feel like I am facing himself and I can not stop thinking.

HISHIDA Ichigo

I graduated from Osaka University Law School and work for Talopan, located in the Ishibashi shopping area of Ikeda City. Working for "talopan" in the Ishibashi shopping street. In the Ishibashi area, I am conducting p4c activities in the "Atelier Hachimitsudo” community organization (https://www.facebook.com/atelier.honey/)".

What is impressive about doing p4c?

When thinking by asking another person questions, or when I want to hear something from the other person, even if I have thought or heard this before, it still feels like the first time.

MASUMI Kimiya

MASUMI Kimiya

I am an Emeritus Professor at Osaka Kyoiku University and an Emeritus Professor at Mukogawa Women's University. I completed Doctoral Program (Department of Ethics) at Kyoto University Graduate School of Letters. My specialty is studying ethics, especially those of the Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. I am the Chairman of the Kierkegaard Association (from July 2014), and Director of the Kansai Ethics Association. From September 2006 to August 2012, I was in the US as vice president of Mukogawa Women's University (Mukogawa / Fort Wright Institute, USA). When I worked at Osaka Kyoiku University, I became interested in "philosophy for children,", and that was how I became involved.

What is impressive about doing p4c?

More than anything, children enjoy lively dialogue and discussion. And I am moved by the wonderfulness of that idea. Also, I can see the growth of children.

MORIMOTO Kazuo

I am from Tokushima Prefecture and completed a Masters Degree at Osaka Kyoiku University. I learned philosophy at undergraduate and graduate school, and discovered the joys of thinking. I have a small regret that I did not discover the joys of thinking when I was a bit younger, and I wanted to learn with children at an elementary school so I became a teacher.. Currently I work for Hirakata Municipal Nishinaki Elementary School.

What is impressive about doing p4c?

My views as a teacher have changed. Before I knew p4c, I was unconsciously in a hierarchical relationship between teacher and a child, but since I learned p4c, I became more aware of creating an equal relationship as partners between teacher and child. As a result, the atmosphere of the class improved and classroom management became fun. Imagine it as both me and the children becoming less square (serious).