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Welcome to The Philosophy Foundation website

The Philosophy Foundation

An award winning educational charity raising aspirations and attainment through doing philosophical enquiry in the classroom. We also work in the community and business as part of our life-long learning initiative.

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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.


31st Oct New course @LSPphilosophers "Philosophical Conversations" w/@the_if_man. Tuesdays 3-5pm from 21st April: http://t.co/OieKdbUMYB
30th Oct #WorldPhilosophyDay nearly sold out few tickets remain 4 environmental ethics & aesthetics (@CharlieDupre performing) http://t.co/1xIwAm8orQ
29th Oct Read all of @the_if_man's articles 4 @InnovateMySchl, inc Absent Teacher, Socratic Irony & Dialogue to Page #ukedchat http://t.co/HCI6EQxKYo
29th Oct RT @philosophersmag: Philosopher of the day: Logical positivist A.J. Ayer. Born 29 October 1910, died 27 June 1989. http://t.co/2ITfYu6j3T
28th Oct "It is the spirit of continuous engagement with pupils' understanding that shines through @thenumberverse" review http://t.co/0QLuGOVUAx
28th Oct RT @InnovateMySchl: Improving #writing through dialogue http://t.co/V3574kWLn1 by Peter '@the_if_man' Worley of @philosophyfound #literacy
28th Oct RT @the_if_man: My piece wtout typos and 'proscription' changed to 'prescription'. Oops! Thanks @rogersutcliffe: http://t.co/7kDhR6oMCK @In
28th Oct Thanks @CrownHousePub & @guardianevents we are v. proud to be among the shortlisted charities #GdnCharityAwards
27th Oct Secondary school philosophy students, international writing competition: http://t.co/gjJZJ1s8vY #edchat
26th Oct @DiLeed @InnovateMySchl @the_if_man you mean apart from all the research that shows developing S&L aids literacy?

The If Machine

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