What is Young Philosophers Club?

Young Philosophers Club is where we think and talk about some of the most interesting and puzzling things in life. Through games, stories and thought experiments you will discover how deep these ideas go.

At Young Philosophers Club there's no such thing as a silly question or answer. 

The clubs are led by TPF trained philosophy specialists and if you join you will:

  • Learn to unpick challenging, abstract ideas.
  • Think critically and independently
  • Develop confidence in speaking
  • Become better listeners
  • Collaborate and manage conflict effectively
  • Get a certificate at the end of the course.
  • Have fun with philosophy!

We ran the first Young Philosophers Clubs in Autumn 2022, here's what some of the young philosophers who took part had to say about them:

"My daughter was blown away by the sessions as they triggered her imagination and pushed her to develop her own thoughts about different subjects. She can’t wait to do it again."

"She seems to be way more confident than before and she seems to be more interested in things in general and she is not afraid to speak up."

"This is such a unique activity and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to parents with inquisitive students who are looking for something to challenge them."

The next Young Philosophers Clubs

We're thrilled to announce more Young Philosophers Clubs for 2023! 

7-11 years old - What is fair?

6 weeks 1st, 8th, 22nd February, 1st, 8th, 15th March 2023

6.00 - 6.45pm GMT

You’ve probably had the experience of thinking : "It’s so unfair!" But… What is fair? Would it be fairer if everybody got the same of everything? Would we still act fairly if nobody could see us? What would we do if we were absolutely free? And by the way, are we free? Through stories involving ants, invisibility cloaks, Christmas presents, prisoners and Sirens, we will explore questions involving freedom and justice, and many other themes.

11-16 years old - Society, Rights and the Law

6 weeks, Tuesday 17th, 24th, 31st January, 7th, 21st, 28th February 2023

5.45 - 6.30pm GMT

Are you interested in tackling the BIG questions in society today? Then this is the course for you! During this six week course we will discuss challenging and divisive topics around human rights, democracy and discrimination. Asking questions such as; should we have human rights? Are differences a threat to community? Should we tolerate intolerant people? Canlanguage improve the world? Is kindness compatible with individuality?

11-16 years old - Are You Sold on These Ads?

6 weeks - 26th January, 2nd, 9th, 23rd February, 2nd and 9th March 2023

5.30 - 6.15pm GMT

Ever given catchy ads a second thought? Sign up and we will. Explore the implicit philosophy behind the slogans of the big brands and decide for yourself if you actually buy into it. 

 

Please note: These clubs need a minimum of 7 children to run.