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

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.

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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.

New Philosophy in Schools Journal

Announcing a New Journal for Philosophy in Schools  The Journal for Philosophy in Schools (JPS) is the official journal of The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA). Congratulations FAPSA! We wish you every success with this new and important publicaton. The journal will published twice annually. Volume 1 Number 1 will be published September 2014. Read more about it under “Publications Journals and Magazines dedicated to philosophy with and for children.”  

2013 Winner of the ICPIC Award for Excellence in Philosophy for Children

Darren (slider)We are delighted to announce the 2013 Winner of the ICPIC Award for Excellence in Philosophy for Children.
Congratulations to Darren Chetty for his award winning paper: “The Elephant in the Room: Picturebooks, Philosophy for Children and Racism.” Darren’s paper will be published in the upcoming edition of the ICPIC Journal Childhood and Philosophy. You can read an abstract of his essay by going to Biennial P4C Award (a copy of the full paper will be posted mid June).

Welcome to the new Executive Committee


President:   Lizzy Lewis; After completing a Philosophy and English degree at York I taught in primary schools for 12 years and have practised Philosophy for Children (P4C) since 1994. I was awarded a Best Practice Research Scholarship for one year to research P4C in 2001, and for my Masters Degree in Education I focused on P4C and children’s emotional development. I began working for SAPERE, the UK charity that promotes P4C, in 2003 and joined ICPIC in 2005. I now work part-time as Development Manager. In this role I have oversight of SAPERE development which includes communication, resources, membership, projects, research and events. I am a registered SAPERE Trainer and trained teachers in P4C at Oxford Brookes University for 4 years.

Vice President: Stefano Oliverio I obtained my degree in Philosophy (1997) and my PhD in Education (2003) at the University of Naples Federico II (ITALY), where I am currently a Post-Doc Fellow at the Centre SInAPSi (Centre for the Active Inclusion and Participation of Students). Since 2007/2008 I have been teaching in the post-degree course Il curricolo della Philosophy for Children. Aspetti teorici e metodologici at the University of Naples (directed by Maura Striano). Since 2009 I have been a member of the staff of educators at the Summer School for Philosophy for Children in Acuto. During the last few years I have carried out many P4C projects in several schools in Naples. In 2007 I won “The Biennial International Award for Excellence in Interpreting Philosophy for Children”, for the essay “EDUCATING HOMO VIDENS. Philosophy for Children as a way of countering the “anti-meditative situation” of time and of fostering a democratic attitude.”

General Treasurer:   Patricia Hannam First as a practitioner of philosophical enquiry with children (P4C) in many contexts with children and teenagers, I am involved and committed to the international life of ICPIC since attending ICPIC in 2001 in Winchester UK. I have attended and presented at ICPIC meetings in 4 continents as well as the UNESCO Philosophy meeting in Paris in 2006. ‘Philosophy for Teenagers: Nurturing a Moral Imagination for the 20th Century’ co-authored with Eugenio Echeverria was published by Bloomsbury in 2009; I also publish on P4C and pedagogy internationally. With 15 years of practical experience of P4C in schools, my current work in Local Government means I  bring knowledge of educational policy making to the ICPIC executive, recognising the importance of internationally based non-governmental organisations contributing to the global education debate

Norwegian Treasurer:   Anne Schjelderup Anne Schjelderup has been committed to introduce P4C in Norway since 1999 (together Ariane Schjelderup and Øyvind Olsholt). She has used the method in teaching regular curriculum in school and at university level, as well as working with philosophical inquiries with children and adults. She has written several articles on the subject, and is currently writing a book. Anne has been treasurer for ICPIC since 2007, and has been in charge of getting ICPIC registered as a non for profit organisation in Norway, taking care of bank accounts etc

Secretary:   Wendy Turgeon I have been involved in Philosophy For/With Children for many years as a college professor and sometimes visitor to pre-college classrooms. I teach philosophy at St. Joseph’s College in New York, USA and am was actively involved in organizing the NAACI bi-annual conferences of 2010 and 2012. My current research interests lie in children and animals and nature. She served as Secretary for ICPIC this past two years and would welcome the opportunity to serve ICPIC as a secretary again.

Secretary:   Eugenio Echeverria From México. I completed the masters degree in philosophy for children at Montclair State College with Mathew Lipman and Ann Sharp, Graduated in 1982. I was a founding member of ICPIC and ICPIC`s president during three years in the early nineties and was part of the staff for the Mendham workshops for more than 40 times during 15 years. Currently, I am the Director of the Latin American Center of Philosophy for Children in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México. Current president of the Mexican Federation of Philosophy for Children. I also serve as the representative for Mexico in NAACI (North American Association for the Community of Inquiry).

Website Liason:   Jen Glaser I am an experienced Philosophy for Children practitioner and teacher educator. I lead a number of educational projects and is a consultant to schools, higher education institutions and community organizations in Israel and abroad. In the 1980’s I was one of the founding members of Philosophy for Children in Australia, building that into a national network. Today I am the Co-director of the Philosophy for Children Center in Israel: The Israel Center for Philosophy in Education – ‘philosophy for life’.  I have been a past president of ICPIC and a past treasurer. I hold a PhD. in philosophy from Melbourne University, Australia, and a teaching degree from the University of Sydney. I am very involved now in the creation of new Philosophy for Children curricula and teacher training. I have also writtenquite a lot on the theoretical foundations of philosophy for children.

Our New Website Is Here


Members connecting with Members

  • The membership directory allows members to find one another and connect . Members can update their information by updating their personal page.
  • Member profile page allows you to share who you are and your interests with other ICPIC members – and offers you a way to find others who might collaborate around our work.
  • Who is on line? Once you log in, your picture shows that you are online to others who are also logged in. An easy way to enable communication. See someone you have been meaning to say “hi” to? Click on their picture and send them a note..

Discussion Groups:
Any member can create a community of inquiry or research group to collaborate with other members. No permissions, no mediation – you can start it by opening a group yourself.
Groups can share documents, create forums, (and more.)
Groups can be created in different ways:

    • open (for all members to join),
    • closed (where interested members contact the group facilitator) or
    • private (good for groups working on a project with a fixed group of people).
  • For a group to be maintained on the site, it needs to have 5 members.

Your Personalized calendar and the ICPIC Calendar
When visitors come to the site, they will see all the public events on the ICPIC calendar – this includes conferences, news of ICPIC elections, and special days (like world philosophy day).

When members log on their calendar becomes personalized, gathering all the dates on the calendars of discussion groups they are part of and putting them in one location. A larger version of this with color coding possiblities can be accessed from the members area. Not sure when an event is happening, or when your community of inquiry is next meeting? Look it up on your calendar!