UNESCO's World Philosophy Day

Philosophy in the Curriculum

The Philosophy Foundation is an associated organisation of the Philosophy in Education Project, which was set up by Dr John Taylor and A.C. Grayling. The first aim of the project is to bring a GCSE in philosophy to England, and overall to support bringing philosophy into the curriculum in England. 

UNESCO supports the teaching of philosophy for children and has described the inclusion of philosophy in education as ‘a significant contribution to quality education’.

Our events are only made possible by volunteer philosophers, and support from individual donations, funders and organisations willing to help us, to all of them: thank you.

World Philosophy Day was established by UNESCO in 2008 as a way to support and promote the teaching of philosophy to children. It is held on the third Thursday of November every year and you can see films of The Philosophy Foundation’s celebrations below. 

World Philosophy Day 2012

Spitalfields Market

World Philosophy Day 2013

Houses of Parliament

Children from across our schools in London discuss truth and lies in front of Members of Parliament.

World Philosophy Day 2014

Using a London Bus (thanks to Transport for London) to take young people from around the UK on a tour of famous landmarks of London whilst discussing related philosophy along the way.

World Philosophy Day 2015


Mercers Foundation

We had 150 students visit the Mercer's Foundation in 2015 for World Philosophy Day. The day began with a Philosophical Agora (marketplace) run by students from some of our secondary schools, and then our philosophers ran sessions with the students on Myths and Legends and Philanthropy.

Read more about the day from the Mercer's Newsletter: Philosophy Day below.

Philosophy Day