London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Young people's philosophy of life and citizenship education?

Author(s) Torstenson-Ed, T  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2004  
Editor A. Ross, The Experience of Citizenship  
Language English  
Age group -  
Even young people have a philosophy of life formed out of experiences, alone or together with others, inside and outside school. Such a 'lived' philosophy of life might include a self concept, other concepts, feelings, attitudes and ways to act. It is a way of organizing experiences, it gives patterns to interpret life and handle it. It is a process going on all life. This is a definition given by Hartman (2003) and 'lived' means that it isn´t an established religion or ideology but formed personally from own experiences. A person´s philosophy of life becomes a personal map over yourself and culture, your own personal marks in the world. Some experiences become more important than others in life and can be called existential questions. 'An existential question is about the basic conditions for life and existence. It also expresses a need to reflect upon yourself and your experiences in life' (Hartman, 2003, s.71). These questions are not the same for all people, different issues become of importance. They arouse feelings and need reflections and actions which may lead to a change in a person´s values and philosophy of life.

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