Sue is a graduate of Oxford University in England, as well as Concordia University in Montreal. She taught in the Arts I program at UBC before coming to Capilano University in 1990. Her specialties in philosophy include critical thinking (her critical thinking text entitled Thinking Your Way to Freedom was published by Temple University Press in 2009), biomedical ethics, and environmental ethics. She is the founding director of the Vancouver Institute of Philosophy for Children and has published extensively on that topic.
Amongst others, her publications include: “Inquiry is No Mere Conversation: It is Hard Work.”Analytic Teaching, April 1996, Vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 41 – 50, as well as The Australian Journal for Critical and Creative Thinking, Vol. 3, No. 2, October, 1995, pp. 38-49. “Fair-minded From the Beginning, or, Philosophy: a Gender Blender.” Analytic Teaching, Vol. 17, No. 2, April, 1997, pp. 35 – 44: “Philosophy for Children Really Works! A Report on a Two Year Empirical Study.” The Australian Journal for Critical and Creative Thinking, Vol. 6, No. 1, March, 1998, pp. 1-13, also published in Philosophy for the Children on Top of the World. Iceland: The University of Akureyri, 1999. 88-104: “Participation in a ‘Community of Inquiry’ Nourishes Participants’ Perspective-Taking Capacity.” Philosophy for Children on Top of the World. Akureyri, Iceland, 1999, pp. 88 – 104; “Truth in Ethics (and elsewhere).” Analytic Teaching, Vol. 19, No. 2, April, 1998. 55 – 62; “Interactive Reasoning: the Road to Freedom.”Critical and Creative Thinking: The Australian Journal of Philosophy in Education. Vol. 12, No 2, November, 2004 , pp. 1 – 12; “Autonomy: a Philosophical Capture.” Practical Philosophy, Vol. 4, no. 2, July, 2001 , pp. 19-22; “Teaching Freedom.” Analytic Teaching, Vol. 21, No. 1, November, 2000, pp. 21-28; A publication in a German anthology entitled “‘Ich’ Durch ‘Wir’: Autonomie Durch Gemeinschaft”. Published in: Ethische Reflexionskompetenz Im Vor- Und Grundschulalter. Konzepte Des Philosophierens Mit Kindern . Eds: Marsal, Eva, Takara Dobashi, Barbara Weber and Felix G. Lund. Hodos: Peter-Lang Edition, 2007; “Communicating Toward Personhood.” Analytic Teaching, Vol. 29, No. 1, March, 2009; “Love Thy Neighbor? Maybe Not.” Children Philosophize Worldwide. Theoretical and Practical Concepts. Eds. Eva Marsal, Takara Dobashi and Barbara Weber. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publisher 2009. 423-429; “Taking Selves Seriously.” Cultural Politics and Identity. Eds. B. Weber, H Karfriedrich, E. Marsal, T. Dobashi, P Schweitzer. Berlin: Lit Verlag, 2011. 79-89; “Teaching Children to Think Ethically.” Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, Vol. 32, Nov. 2011. 75-81; “Questioning to Hesitation rather than Hesitating to Question: A Pragmatic Hermeneutic Perspective on Educational Inquiry.” Philosophical Study. Vol. 1, No. 5, Oct. 2011. 352-358: “What Would Socrates Say to Mrs Smith?” Philosophy Now. 84. May/June 2011. 24-26: “The Evolution of Connectivity: A Bridge Beyond.” The Politics of Empathy: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives on an Ancient Phenomenon. Eds. Weber B., Marsal E., Dobashi T. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2011. 51-59; “Agitating for Munificence or Going out of Business: Philosophy’s Dilemma.” Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, Vol. 31, Jan. 2011. 1-4. “Respect and the Veil.” In Respect: How Do We Get There? A Philosophical Inquiry. Eva Marsal, Barbara Weber, Susan T. Gardner (eds.) Lit. Publisher Münster, Berlin, Wien, Zürich 2013. 23-33; “Love Them or Leave Them? Respect Requires Neither.” The International Journal of Applied Philosophy. Spring 2013. Also published in Respect: How Do We Get There? A Philosophical Inquiry. Eva Marsal, Barbara Weber, Susan T. Gardner (eds.) Lit. Publisher Münster, Berlin, Wien, Zürich 2013. 77-91; “The Complexity of Respecting Together.” Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis. Vol. 13, 2012. 1-12. Also published in Respect: How Do We Get There? A Philosophical Inquiry. Eva Marsal, Barbara Weber, Susan T. Gardner (eds.) Lit. Publisher Münster, Berlin, Wien, Zürich 2013. 5-21. Tinker
Thinkers (book and app., with Amy Leask). Milton,
Ont.: Enable Training and Consulting, 2014; “Authenticity: It Should and Can Be Nurtured” (with Daniel Anderson). Mind, Culture, and Activity. Vol. 22,
Issue 4, Oct., 2015. 392-401. “Commentary on ‘Inquiry is no Mere Conversation.’” Journal for
Philosophy in Schools. May, 2015. “Selling the Reason Game.” Teaching Ethics. Vol. 15, Issue 1,
Spring, 2015. 129-136.
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