Can Educators Know What Children Need?

Life is radically ungrounded. To prepare young people for it, teachers should view their classrooms as places for experimentation, writes Philosophy Foundation specialist Alex Dutson

Posted by Joe Tyler on 12th June 2018 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

How To Do Philosophy in Public

Steven Campbell-Harris reminds us that some of our attempts at reasoning can miss something.  If a child, or an adult, makes a declarative statement that they claim is true and then attempts to provide reasons or grounds for why that is so, there is a third thing that is needed, the warrant, which is often left as an unstated assumption about why the grounds justify the claim.  How can philosophical enquiry help with getting us out of this lazy way of expressing our ideas? 

Posted by Joe Tyler on 5th June 2018 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Young Philosophers Take The Law Into Their Own Hands

Last month's Young Philosophers Project trip saw our group of young thinkers apprehending, comprehending and judging both works of art and a case of criminal conviction in the impressive offices of Simmons & Simmons.  Thanks to the organisers from the law firm and to Magistrates in the Community for making this trip such a success.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 13th March 2018 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Law, Young Philosophers, Judgement, Aesthetics, Decision

Apprentices of Listening

Our guest blogger for this piece is Pablo Muruzábal Lamberti, a philosophy teacher from the Netherlands.  He provides us with some thoughtful insights on the importance of cultivating listening skills when creating little philosophers in the classroom.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 23rd January 2018 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Guest Blogger, Education

Tags: Socrates, Listening, Music

Can Philosophy for Children Stop Trump?

Can teaching philosophy to children prevent another Trump from being elected, or even created in the future?  Andy West, a specialist philosophy teacher at The Philosophy Foundation delves into the question... thinking about the history of how we got to where we are now, and also his own experience of doing philosophy with children.  His answer may surprise you...

Posted by Joe Tyler on 14th December 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: P4C, Politics, Choice