As the only contributing editor for Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children, Matthews created the column Thinking in Stories, in which he wrote fifty-eight reviews of children’s stories of philosophical import, from 1979 to 2006. He also co-wrote the curriculum series Wise Owl: Talking and Thinking about Children’s Literature. He also conducted National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars on “Issues in the Philosophy of Childhood.” Matthews was fluent in German and Spanish, and wrote Greek and Latin. He taught and lectured around the world and maintained a continual practice of philosophizing with children wherever he traveled, Austria, Australia, China, Israel, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Scotland, as well as in Amhers and at various schools in the United States. His work in Germany was particularly influential in the growth of Philosophy for Children there, and he was awarded an honorary Doktor der Philosophie degree by the Faculty of Education at the University of Hamburg in 2007. Matthews died in 2011 and in 2015 the Philosophy Department of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst founded the Gary Matthews Endowment in Philosophy to fund the annual Gary Matthews Memorial Lecture. In 2020 it launched The Matthews Center for Philosophy and Children.
For more about Gareth B. Matthews, visit these sites:
- Thinking in Stories: Reviewing Philosophy in Children’s Literature
- Wise Owl: Talking and Thinking about Children’s Literature (Teacher Guides)
- Gareth B. Matthews’ Curriculum Vitae
- PhilPapers.org Database of Gareth B. Matthews’ Publications
- The Matthews Center for Philosophy and Children
- Maughn Rollins Gregory and Megan Jane Laverty (2021) Gareth B. Matthews, The Child’s Philosopher. New York: Routledge.
- Philosophy for Kids (Guides to Doing Philosophy with Children’s Books)