UNESCO's World Philosophy Day

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. You can see films and read about The Philosophy Foundation’s celebrations below. 

World Philosophy Day 2020

Waving copy


Like everything else in 2020 World Philosophy Day went online. We ran philosophical enquiries on Zoom with all ages, and we ran a Virtual Event in the Echo, with philosophers playing philosophers! We kicked around a football and the public sparked debates between Shakespeare and Plato, Kant and Avicenna, Marys Astell and Wollenstancraft.


World Philosophy Day 2019

World Philosophy Day 2019

Enriched Curriculum, Enriched Lives, RSA

In November 2019 we worked with The Centre for Engaged Philosophy (Sheffield University) to put on a major event with a rich variety of speakers from academia, to practitioners and public intellectuals on the benefits of philosophy in schools. You can see all the speeches here Full Videos and download the event booklet here Event Booklet.

World Philosophy Day 2018

Canary Wharf

Symposium at the Now Gallery, Greenwich

In 2018 we partnered with the Now Gallery in Greenwich Penninsula and held an evening of drinks and philosophical provocations - plus a Philosophy Slam! with Mark Vernon and Robert Rowland Smith.

World Philosophy Day 2017


House of St Barnabas

Thanks to our friends at the House of St Barnabas, The Philosophy Foundation was able to host a day of events at the beautiful building in Soho. We invited curious individuals to explore the different themes in each room, considering their answers in conversation with our specialist philosophers, who were resident for the day inside the building.

World Philosophy Day 2016

WPD 2016

Questions on the community

A team of bearded philosophers, including children from schools in the neighbourhood of our home at Forest Hill Library hid a series of different philosophical questions in shops, restaurants and other public buildings.  Members of the community could then go around the different shops to find the questions and share their answers to win prizes.

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.


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 2013

Houses of Parliament

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

World Philosophy Day 2012

Spitalfields Market

For the release of The Philosophy Shop book we went shopping for philosophy in Spitalfields Market and released our philosophers into the wild!

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