“I love the Camp dynamic. We all, and I mean campers AND counsellors, cycle through the motions. Not just because we’re busy, but we think and feel along with each other. Every time I’m amazed to see the campers being engaged with all the exciting philosophical inquiries and activities. When that last day of camp moves towards the end I cannot help but have a profound sense of being part of an amazing event.”
Arthur is a Ph.D. candidate in the Human Development, Learning and Culture (HDLC) program at the University of British Columbia (UBC), on the executive board of the International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC) and the Education Director at the Thinking Playground.. His main interests are the relationship between philosophy and pedagogy from a theoretical and practical perspective and how they may benefit people of all ages to live life well. He has taught courses at UBC, works with teachers and students in schools and is working on his thesis, which deals with Philosophy for Children (P4C) and the work of 20th century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and focuses on the concepts of Learning Affect and Thinking Immanence. This involves questions like “What are the roles of affect, emotions, and feelings in thinking and learning?” and, following from that, “What does an affective conception of thinking look like?” and “What are the pedagogical implications of this?” Finally, Arthur aims to show that the manner in which thinking and learning operate for Deleuze have important pedagogical implications for the theoretical and practical cornerstone of P4C: The Community of Philosophical Inquiry (CPI). Based on these implications he suggests several pedagogical innovations.
Before his Ph.D. Arthur has worked, amongst others, with UNESCO Bangkok on the philosophy and education program in Asia and the Pacific, helped organise the 2011 (South Korea) and 2015 (Canada) International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC) conference, taught at the P4C institute in South Korea, organised philosophy cafés in Japan, and did workshops and presentations around the world. Currently he is working on a Global Thinking Playground project in Ghana.
Arthur has published with UNESCO on, for example, the Asia-Arab Philosophical Dialogues, and academic articles with Routledge and various journals.