5 year-olds run their own philosophy sessions - a case study

Steve Hoggins is a Philosophy Foundation specialist working with the Gipsy Hill Federation in south east London. He tells us about how an initially quiet class open up and begin to facilitate their own sessions, not only by asking their own questions but also by managing the class themselves.  And they are only five!

Posted by Emma Worley on 1st December 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, Education

Tags: philosophy for young children, philosophy for children, early years

Existential Anxiety is Contagious

Ben Irvine, a writer and philosopher, recently contacted The Philosophy Foundation to tell us about his latest book.  Here, he's got an interesting story to tell us about what not to teach those who are new to philosophy.  And what philosophers can and should learn from their pupils.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 21st September 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, Guest Blogger, Education

Tags: Existence, Anxiety

Zombie Elves and Existentialism: Doing Philosophy with Children

In this second blog about our 'literacy and philosophy project', run by The Philosophy Foundation in conjunction with Forest Hill Library, Tim digs into how thinking through stories and sharing ideas created cognitive shifts for the children.  Closing with some wonderful insights on the question: what is a story?

Posted by Joe Tyler on 4th August 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: literacy, Storytelling, Existence

Storythinking: Immersing Children in Philosophy

Katy and Tim, two newly trained specialists with The Philosophy Foundation were involved with a 'literacy and philosophy project' this term, run by The Philosophy Foundation in conjunction with Forest Hill Library - to get the children thinking through stories and storytelling.  They've both written about their experience, and in this first blog, Katy has some stories to tell about frogs, scorpions and how one mini-philosopher became Sartre for a day.

Posted by Joe Tyler on 4th August 2017 at 12:00am


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: literacy, Storytelling

Whose question is it anyway?

Steven Campbell-Harris attended the SOPHIA conference in Portugal this month.  Here's some of his thoughts on what went on.  If you were there and would like to contribute further ideas to our blog, feel free to post a reply in the comments section, or get in touch with joe@philosophy-foundation.org

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


Category: Philosophy, P4C, Education

Tags: Questioning, SOPHIA, good thinking