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Current and recent developments in the world of Philosophy for Children.

New Publication: The Most Reasonabe Answer

The Most Reasonable Answer: Helping Students Build Better Arguments Together
Authors:  Alina Reznitskaya and Ian Wilkinson.

The book is based on a strong collaboration among researchers, teachers, and P4C practitioners and offers a rich array of field-tested materials that support teachers in facilitating productive discussions in upper-elementary grades. READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK HERE


Ann M. Sharp’s Contribution to P4C and Education

In Community of Inquiry with Ann Margaret Sharp:
ldhood, Philosophy and Education
Edited by Maughn Rollins Gregory and Megan Jane Laverty.

ICPIC is excited to announce this a long-awaited and much-needed anthology of Sharp’s insightful and influential scholarship, bringing her enduring legacy to new generations of academics, postgraduate students and researchers.  READ MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK HERE 


Philosophical Inquiry in the New Global Reality

Inclusion, Diversity, and Intercultural Dialogue in Young People’s Philosophical Inquiry”
Edited by: Ching-Ching Lin and Lavina Sequeira

Each chapter offers a unique perspective in understanding the place of philosophical inquiry and philosophy in education and prioritizes diversity in the classroom community of inquiry.

Incorporating theoretical perspectives and empirical research, this book provides a rich resource for school teachers and educators who wish to engage diverse learners in philosophical inquiry. In doing so, it reaffirms the value of philosophy education as a proactive approach to democratic education. 

Free Preview Inclusion, Diversity, and Intercultural Dialogue in Young People’s Philosophical Inquiry
ISBN Paperback: 9789463510639 ($ 32.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463510646 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463510653


ICPIC Journal: Philosophy and Childhood

New Issue: Vol 13, No 27 ( 2017)
Look inside the current Table of contents

Childhood and Philosophy is designed to be one of ICPIC’s many voices. In keeping with the lively poly-vocal character of the organization, we publish papers in at least six languages. This practice signifies our commitment, not only to the integrity of each piece of work in its mother tongue, but to our hopes for an increasing capacity amongst readers to work in multiple languages. Continue reading

ICPIC Pre-conference Research Seminars

Exploring the Practices and Challenges of Conducting
Research in Philosophy for/with Children

Two ICPIC Pre-conference Seminars

June, 26th – June 28th, 2017, La Corrala. Madrid.

 ICPIC comes of age as a research community
Over the past 40 years there has been a growing body of research in Philosophy for/with Children, yet building a research community within the P4C and ICPIC communities is still in its infancy. This ICPIC conference we are seeking to strengthen this field by putting research front and forward. ICPIC is creating new opportunities for the Philosophy for Children community to find out what has been happening in the field of research, engage with questions around research, draw in new voices and strengthen the research community within p4c worldwide.

 We are offering two exciting pre-conference seminars on research
leading up to the ICPIC conference:

 Seminar #1
Investigating approaches to research on the practice of philosophy in educational environments.

  • A two and a half day seminar, June 26th-28th (starts 9:00am 26/6, finishes 1:30pm 28/6)
    Whether you are an experienced hand at philosophy for children or new to the field, if you are curious about the growing field of research in P4C and want to find out what people are doing and the kind of questions facing the design and implementation of research in p4c, this seminar is designed for you. The seminar is designed around 3 strands: (i) questions in the philosophy of research; (ii) research methods in P4C; (iii) case studies. For more information go to: Further pre-conference seminar information

 The seminar is run in conjunction with UAM University and the Center for Philosophy for Children in Spain. We are excited to let you know that there is an option to take this as a certificate course worth 2ECTS credit from UAM. Scholarships are being offered by UAM and ICPIC – scholarship criteria are listed on the registration and scholarship form.  

Seminar #2
Advanced Conversations in P4C research*

  • A one day gathering for experienced researchers in P4C, June 28th (9:00am-4:30pm)
    This Advanced seminar day is organized primarily to (i) initiate conversation around the ‘meta-questions’ facing researchers in P4C (theoretical/conceptual and practical/empirical research), (ii) connect experienced researchers, postgraduate students and practitioner researchers around the world in a P4C research community*, and (iii) establish a clear sense of ‘next steps’ to continue this conversation in future forums. For more information go to: Further pre-conference seminar information

*N.B: If you are new to the field of research in P4C, the Investigating Approaches to Research seminar is a pre-requisite for participation in the Advanced conversations seminar. For more information go to: Further pre-conference seminar information


  Forms in PDF

New Journal Publication

Mind, Culture and ActivityMind, Cuture and Activity
Special Issue: Engaged Philosophical Inquiry
A new Special Issue of the journal Mind, Culture, and Activity has just been published on Engaged Philosophical Inquiry . You’ll see many authors’ names that you recognize and a few that will be new to you!  The publishers have generously made two articles available free of charge from November 1st. They can be downloaded from the journal website. For those with access to Academic journals through a university, the whole issue is of course available through their university library.  For any inquiries, please contact Barbara Weber through the ICPIC membership list on our website.

European PEACE Project – find out about it.

bannerPhilosophical Enquiry Advancing Cosmopolitan Education

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Over the past 3 years Philosophy for Children centers in Italy, Spain, Austria and Israel have been collaborating in a project seeking to address the problem of children at the risk of exclusion  through Philosophical Inquiry.

The emphasis of the PEACE project has been on designing, testing and validating a new P4C curriculum focused on cosmopolitan engagement and intercultural dialogue. We see PEACE impacting teachers educational practices, by giving educators specialized professional development, new teaching strategies and materials, and by improving the reasoning and relational skills of children. Through making the new pedagogical strategies, curriculum and educational resources available to other contexts and countries, the scope of PEACE will be widened and cosmopolitan awareness will be promoted.

The ultimate aim of PEACE is to disseminate to the widest possible section of society the idea that it is possible to contribute to the development of a cosmopolitan orientation and engagement amongst future citizens through dedicated educational tools and practices.

To read more about this project, please visit the PEACE website. The curriucum we developed is free to download – please enjoy using it!  However, if you are not already trained in Philosophy for Children methodology, we strongly urge you to seek training through your local Center or independent trainer before you implement the curriculum. A list of international centers is available on this website under “About” in the top scroll down menu. You can also access it by clicking here.



New Book Release

9781137469168.indd– Philosophy and Childhood:  Critical Perspectives and Affirmative Practices – 
Walter Omar Kohan
Palgrave Pivot Publishers, Aug 2014
Format: Hardcover; 
ebook (EPUB); ebook (PDF)
ISBN: #9781137469182
This book is a critical and affirmative rationale of the Philosophy for Children movement. In the first part it offers a critique of the well known and pioneering program of Matthew Lipman. In the second part, it proposes alternative ways of thinking and practicing philosophy in the education of childhood.

Final Issue of the Journal “Thinking”

 – A Celebratoiapc-Thinking-cover-155x200ry End to the Journal Thinking.
For 35 years the IAPC Journal Thinking: The Journal of  Philosophy for Children provided a forum for the dissemination of the theory and practice of Philosophy for Children.  Concerned with the integrity of the field, the Journal has been a critical voice in shaping this field. The Table of Contents of the final volume can be read here.  Thinking was the first Journal in Philosophy for Children and has been a big part of the lives of so many of us who live in the world of P4C. It will be sorely missed! Further infomation and links are available on the IAPC website

From Maughn Gregory: ” I am happy and sad to announce the publication of the final volume, 20:3&4, of Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children. On behalf of the IAPC I thank the scores of publishers, editors, reviewers, photographers, graphic designers and authors who shared their talents with us for 35 years.  I have made a list of most of them for the IAPC’s digital archive here:  Individual articles ($5.00) and full issues ($25.00) of Thinking are available in PDF format. To order, please fill out the Thinking Digital Archive Order Form.
For a limited time, print copies of past issues of Thinking are available without charge, for the cost of shipping. To order, please fill out the IAPC Publications Order Form. We at the IAPC are gratified that the major academic journals and publishing houses in the fields of education, philosophy of education and some in philosophy regularly publish books and articles on philosophy for/with children/adolescents, and that there are currently four professional / academic journals that maintain a focus on philosophy for children. We look forward to a robust future of scholarship and professional exchange with you in these and other venues.