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Welcome to The Philosophy Foundation website

The Philosophy Foundation

An award winning educational charity raising aspirations and attainment through doing philosophy in schools. Philosophy for children has a long history, and you can find out more about it by visiting our Philosophy for Children page. We also work in the community and business as part of our life-long learning initiative.

Peter Worley's latest book to help teachers do P4C in the curriculum, 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking is out now.

Our Mission

The Philosophy Foundation is a unique educational charity whose aim is to bring philosophy to schools and the wider community. Through doing philosophy in the classroom our primary concern is to improve educational opportunities for the disadvantaged, and to enable every child to flourish. Philosophical enquiry develops speaking and listening skills vital for literacy and emotional development, helps children who find it difficult to access other classes, and encourages critical and creative thinking essential in the 21st Century. 

One of our core purposes is to encourage, support and sponsor non-privileged children into studying philosophy at University.

New Book

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Peter Worley's new book in The If Man series is out now. Buy your copy of '40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking' from our shopBloomsbury, Amazon and other major retailers. 


4th May Bertrand Russell & the case for 'Philosophy for Everyone' https://t.co/vM3Q2Hd4fg by @Lauradol4 inspired by @michaelhand571 at #FAPSANZ2016
3rd May "Open Thinking, Closed Questioning" - come along and find out how useful closed questioning is @EducationFest on Fri 24th June w/@the_if_man
3rd May RT @timcrane102: @natcphd @philosophyfound this is a separate question from whether exams as such are a good way of assessing students
3rd May RT @timcrane102: @natcphd @philosophyfound My point was about whether it was a good idea to teach more philosophy in UK schools as they now…
3rd May RT @CrownHousePub: Great to see 'The Philosophy Shop' recommended by @scottishbktrust! https://t.co/j0TKRdVjyq @philosophyfound
2nd May @natcphd @timcrane102 @rosiecoaching @rapclassroom @JackBicker @zaranosaur @DiLeed Not conceding to it, just tweeting it.
2nd May Text of a talk given by @timcrane102 at British Academy Feb 2015, Philosophy, Science & the Value of Understanding: https://t.co/U7guNoKovz
2nd May Via @ScottishBkTrust 8 Philosophy Books For Teens - Scottish Book Trust https://t.co/fuy5ghLPrC
2nd May RT @OUPPhilosophy: 'Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. #Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.' Ludwi…
2nd May Free public event on philosophy for children / #p4c in Oregan May 21 & 22 keynotes by @the_if_man & Sara Goering https://t.co/QKhTENkq5K

FREE Lesson Plans!


Free lesson plans for running P4C sessions, philosophical enquiries, or enquiries that link with the curriculum by signing up for free membership to our site.

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Want to do philosophy with children or adults? For our publications please go to The Philosophy Foundation Shop