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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 the classroom. 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 and Francis Gilbert talk on sky news about Philosophy for Children.

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 Thoughtlings


To mark this year's National Poetry Day on the 8th October Andrew Day (specalist philosopher, CPD Director & Trainer) and Peter Worley (co-founder and CEO) have written two new Thoughtlings to inspire classes or your own children. 


9th Oct There's a great poem in @thoughtings called The Wronger @melinalafirenze
9th Oct RT @melinalafirenze: I'm longing for a shorting but my writing is a wronging. #shorting
8th Oct RT @BloomsburyEd: See more #shortings in 40 LESSONS TO GET CHILDREN THINKING by @the_if_man. Out next week! http://t.co/JDKhNHERY3 http://t…
8th Oct RT @BloomsburyEd: Here's a #shorting example from @the_if_man's new book! 'Only room for a short thought here. Though a short thought, an i…
8th Oct RT @BloomsburyEd: Our friends @philosophyfound are giving away books for #NationalPoetryDay! Write a #shorting to enter. Details here- http…
8th Oct RT @CrownHousePub: Why not indulge in a little 'Thoughting' for #NationalPoetryDay? http://t.co/NZAdjySC9b @philosophyfound
8th Oct RT @SchoolsWeek: David Cameron’s truancy plans will put a ‘wedge’ between schools and families. #CPC15 http://t.co/jO3nghxj9s
8th Oct RT @MichaelRosenYes: Poetry is for everyone. In private or for sharing, we find ourselves in it.
8th Oct All entries to @BBCRadio3's Haiku challenge can come into our #shorting competition on #nationalpoetryday: https://t.co/3Ro8nvSnQm

The If Machine

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Want to do philosophy with children or adults? For our publication books please go to The Philosophy Foundation Shop. For our 'If' series please visit our resources page.