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Acknowledgements Preface Section One: How to use The If Odyssey Introduction Ariadne: The Art of Facilitation Aoidos: The Lost Art of Storytelling Logos: Teaching Strategies Section Two: The Odyssey 1. The War (The Wooden Horse) 2. The Battle (The Ciconians) 3. Happiness and Forgetting (The Lotus Eaters) 4. Nobody's Home (The Cyclops) 5. Captain or Crew? (Aeolus and the Bag of Winds) 6. Dinner Guests (The Laestrygonians) 7. Choices (Circe and the Pig Men) 8. Under the World (Tiresias and the Underworld) Chapter 9. The Singing Women (The Sirens) 10. The Horror of The Rocks (Scylla and Charybdis) 11. Clouded (The Cattle of Helios) 12. The Concealer (The Island of Kalypso) 13. The Storyteller (The Phaeacians) 14. The Stranger (The Return Home) Section Three: After The Odyssey Appendix 1: The Hero Appendix 2: Introduction to Ancient Greek Appendix 3: Ancient Greek Workshop Appendix 4: Winged Words (Oidipus and The Riddle of The Sphinx) Bibliography

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Using Homer's epic tales as inspiration, this book offers teachers session plans and storytelling tips to facilitate philosophical discussions with children aged 8-16.

About the Author

Peter Worley teaches philosophy in schools every week. He is a Resident Philosopher at 6 state primary schools in London and he is the founder and CEO of The Philosophy Foundation (www.philosophy-foundation.org), a charity that specialises in philosophy in primary and secondary schools, based in the UK. Peter has over 20 years' experience in teaching and regularly gives talks and presentations about philosophy in schools. He is a Fellow of the RSA and is a Visiting Research Associate at King's College London. Tamar Levi is an author and illustrator based in London, UK and has her own website: www.TamarLevi.com. Tamar is also researching a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Roehampton University, UK. Angie Hobbs is Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy at Sheffield University.

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This imaginative journey through the events of Homer's Odyssey will delight and engage children and adults in a philosophical adventure. Worley offers a masterful guide, providing rich philosophical questions and a clearly outlined method to support teachers in nurturing creative and critical thinking in their students. He has interwoven ethics, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, social philosophy, aesthetics into a narrative 'odyssey', using the iconic story of the human search for truth, beauty and goodness. I can easily see this text being adopted in elementary, secondary and even college level. Wendy C. Turgeon, Associate Professor of Philosophy, St. Joseph's College, New York, USA -- Wendy C. Turgeon
What Peter Worley has achieved with The If Odyssey is nothing short of genius! As a secondary school teacher of English, Theories of Knowledge and Philosophy, I find this book an irreplaceable resource. Not only does it present the teacher with crucial pedagogical instruction, but with a systematic program in how to cultivate the requisite skills of storytelling. Moreover, Worley synthesises, with clarity and precision, how to relate key philosophical concepts to each of the stories from The Odyssey. Simply brilliant!? Mark C. Blythe, Teacher and Postgraduate Researcher in Philosophy of Education -- Mark C. Blythe
Anything that inspires people to think and to understand how to think is a great boon. This book is just such a boon, and a great addition to the Worley assault on unthinking-ness. ?Professor A. C. Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities -- Professor A. C. Grayling
Brilliantly thought provoking, the If Odyssey hooks you from the start and draws you in as cleverly, compellingly and seemingly effortlessly as if it had been put together by the 'wily' Odysseus himself. This is philosophy at its most approachable. David Stuttard, writer, classical historian and author of Power Games: Ritual and Rivalry at the Ancient Greek Olympics -- David Stuttard
This splendid book by Peter Worley offers excellent material to help teachers introduce philosophical dialogue in their classes. Worley presents a good classic story, adapted to our time while remaining faithful to the original text, and suggests a multitude of activities and didactic orientations. It is one of the most useful books I've ever read. Felix Garcia Moriyon. Presidente of the International Council of Philosophy with children -- Felix Garcia Moriyon

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