“I love the Think Fun 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 profoundly satisfying 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). 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 several courses at UBC, works with teachers and students in schools and is working on his thesis, which deals with the work of 20th century French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and focuses on the concepts of Thinking and Learning. It has a transdisciplinary emphasis bringing his work into dialogue with, for example, that of neuroscientist Antonio Damasio whose work deals with the neurobiological underpinnings of thinking and feeling. This involves questions like “What does it mean to think?”, “What are the roles of affect, emotions, and feelings in thinking?” and following from that “What does it mean to learn?” Arthur aims to show that the manner in which thinking and learning operate for Deleuze have important pedagogical implications. Based on these implications he suggests several pedagogical innovations. These are especially relevant to those engaged in critical pedagogy and/or philosophy for children (P4C).
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 in around the world. Currently he is working on a Think Fun Global project in Ghana.
Arthur has published with UNESCO on, for example, the Asia-Arab Philosophical Dialogues, with Routledge on P4C and the journal Mind, Culture & Activity.