Free philosophy sessions for children and young adults

I learnt how everybody can have different but just as good ideas. I also learnt how to develop better views and to have my voice heard. - Student

Update: We have filled all spaces for the free philosophy sessions for this term but we hope to be able more in future.

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We might not be able to offer you online sessions for free right now, but if you want to stretch your mind then try our Thought Adventures.

Why are these sessions free?

The Royal Institute of Philosophy and The Fore are funding philosophy sessions for young people aged from 7-18.

Please note, these free sessions are only available to UK residents at present, and are aimed at those who have not experienced philosophy before. We also want to ensure that we are reaching those who would benefit the most, so we will have to be selective if we are oversubscribed.

What's the big idea?

Our sessions are discussions based around philosophical questions, thought experiments and stories. Groups of up to 15 participants join in a facilitated conversations around big questions  such as:

  • Who are you? What makes you, you?
  • How should we decide who gets what? Is it fair to expect the rich to help the poor?
  • How do we separate fact from fiction? Who or what should we believe?
  • Do animals have rights? Should we treat animals however we wish?
  • Can a robot be a person? What makes you a person?

“Philosophy is reflecting critically on the way things are. That includes reflecting critically on social and political and economic arrangements. It always intimates the possibility that things could be other than they are. And better…” – Michael Sandel

Am I eligible?

Everyone is eligible for our sessions, but priority is given to young people who have not experienced philosophy before, and those in receipt of free school meals (or eligible for pupil premium).