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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. 


24th May RT @KathrynLovewell: Met this most amazing organisation yesterday at #TMCroydon Imspiring kids to actually THINK! Can't wait to be... htt…
24th May #bagofbooks give away from @CrownHousePub for our Philosophy #teachmeet u just have to be there for a chance to win https://t.co/HdoRIUYud4
24th May Sara Goering & @the_if_man on panel at Uni of Oregan talking about philosophy for children this weekend https://t.co/zWO2OJJhcF
24th May @iTeachRE interesting turns of phrases on the invitation: the 'Lord Camberlain is commanded' & 'this card does not admit' ;-)
24th May RT @Lauradol4: My latest article on public #philosophy 4 ABC @RadioNational Includes a shout out to @DailyNousEditor & @TheNewPhil https://…
24th May 1/2 of the tickets have gone for our #InorOut philosophical enquiry @ConwayHall on Fri 3rd June: https://t.co/77f70LUGMw #decisiontime
24th May Hope you'll be able to make ours @KathrynLovewell @HarrisFedTSA @EduKitters @HFLanguages https://t.co/HdoRIUYud4 Keynote: Sir Craig Tunstall
24th May RT @KathrynLovewell: Superb #TMcroydon yesterday. Some inspirational speakers in a fabulous school. @HarrisFedTSA @philosophyfound @EduKi
24th May #teachmeet working in partnership w/@GipsyHillFed teachers & philosophers sharing great practice & embedding p4c: https://t.co/HdoRIUYud4

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