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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. 


29th Apr 'Sentences' session in @the_if_man's 40 Lessons to Get Children Thinking demonstrated here: https://t.co/PpxS7e06mi philosophy for children
29th Apr We are delighted to welcome @JDLiteracyTrust to our Trustee Board, a great supporter in the past and we look forward to working with him.
29th Apr RT @rosiecoaching: Great day with Kate Kennedy White discussing philosophy in schools whilst sitting on Bondi Beach. #hardlife https://t.co…
29th Apr RT @the_if_man: Sure to get people talking and not just girls. By Andy West of @philosophyfound https://t.co/24OdmLbffW
29th Apr At a time of zealotry, Spinoza matters more than ever — https://t.co/VB6zdCdgXa via @aeonmag
29th Apr RT @RrrichardZach: Rudeness in philosophy, Nomy Arpaly https://t.co/p7YQmE7L2w and @kjhealy https://t.co/bH0qseaDKq
29th Apr RT @AllenStairs: The psychological dangers of philosophy. https://t.co/8aUCoCYkCe (Read the answer if that’s easier than reading the quest…
28th Apr Great meeting with @EthicsEducation today in Sunny Sydney - discussing challenges and solutions to difficult educational issues.
27th Apr Philosophy: Understanding personal identity with Professor Bill Brewer https://t.co/iW8qJ55jo6
27th Apr #keyideas for #fapsaNZ2016 & #VAPS2016: @the_if_man keynote - arguments for philosophy in schools, plus rehabilitating the closed question.

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.

The If Machine

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