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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. 


25th May RT @TheNewPhil: Have something to say about the effect of technology on our lives? Only 6 days left to submit to the writers' award: https:…
25th May RT @Lauradol4: #philosophy reading group discussing female philosophers texts! Martha Nussbaum, Iris Marion Young +Margaret Gilbert https:/…
25th May Register now for the @SOPHIA_Network meeting in Crete on 2nd & 3rd September, details of accommodation on site too: https://t.co/NxfiY61UZ8
25th May Philosophical Adventures this Saturday with @the_if_man at the @BradfordLitFest: https://t.co/C7vj27Iic6 11am & 2pm, philosophy for 8-14 yrs
25th May RT @clairexgriffin: Love the look of this :) https://t.co/DBM0Ogo54g
24th May RT @cantabclaire: @philosophyfound Phaedrus.
24th May Ahh yes, walking in the country, philosophy is about humans and the city is where humans live @cantabclaire (thanks @the_if_man for context)
24th May Interesting quote, where from? https://t.co/LMSGVU6lQ2
24th May RT @natcphd: #BlackStudies is—in the UK—supported at the grassroots—in the US—established in higher education. But ideally it is both—Prof…
24th May RT @brilaprojects: How can #Philosophy for children cultivate moral imagination? Check out our article: https://t.co/ZT58YT8jZI #P4C https:…

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