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19th ICPIC Conference – Bogota 2019

to the 2019 ICPIC conference, Bogota,Columbia.
Our wonderful hosts in Bogota are working hard in an effort to put on the best ICPIC conference ever!  The official invitation will come out soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars, and begin working on your submissions. Be there or be square!

Philosophy for/with Children and the Citizen

Pre-conference 23 and 24th of July; conference 25, 26 and 27th of July; post-conference 28th of July


The Most Reasonable Answer: Helping Students Build Better Arguments Together

The Most Reasonable Answer: Helping Students Build Better Arguments Together
Authors: Alina Reznitskaya, Montclair State University (known to many of us in the P4/wC community) and Ian Wilkinson, The Ohio State University

This 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.

The Most Reasonable Answer is an innovative and comprehensive guide to engaging students in inquiry dialogue—a type of talk used in text-based classroom discussions. During inquiry dialogue, students collectively search for the most reasonable answers to big, controversial questions, and, as a result, enhance their argumentation skills and develop a deep understanding of the texts they read. Based on years of research and work in nearly fifty classrooms, this book is an essential resource for educators looking for new ways to teach critical thinking and engage students in high-quality discourse.

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        The Most Reasonable Answer-Europe.pdf

         The Most Reasonable Answer-USA.pdf


Ann Sharp’s Contribution to Philosophy for Children and Education

“In Community of Inquiry with Ann Margaret Sharp:
Childhood, Philosophy and Education”

Edited by Maughn Rollins Gregory and Megan Jane Laverty.
Routledge 2017.

ICPIC is excited to share the news of a new publication (a critical anthology) on the work of our late colleague, Ann Margaret Sharp, who joined Montclair State College in 1973 where she met Matthew Lipman and became his life-long partner in the work of Philosophy for Children. Mat and Ann co-founded the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children at Montclair in 1974.

More than anyone else in the world, Ann was responsible for the spread of Philosophy for/with Children around the world, the creation of graduate degree programs in the area, and the theorization of the “community of philosophical inquiry.  This new book’s introduction provides some interesting detail about the history of Philosophy for/with Children, and a new interview with Ann reveals the origin of her experiments in community of inquiry as a house parent to a group of “troubled” teenage boys at a residential school in New Hampshire.

This exciting scholarly volume is due to the work and dedication of two friends and colleagues of Ann Sharp, Maughn Gregory and Megan Laverty – we owe them a huge debt of gratitude in initiating this project and guiding it to completion. It offers invaluable insight and rigorous analaysis of the contribution of Ann Sharp to the Philosophy for Children movement. For more information click here:


Table of Contents


Contributors Editorial Introduction: Ann Margaret Sharp: A Life Teaching Community

Where I Learned Community of Inquiry: Ann Margaret Sharp in Conversation with Peter Shea

PART I Ann Margaret Sharp on Pragmatism and the Community of Inquiry

1. The Theory of Education Made Flesh (Philip Cam)

2. What is a Community of Inquiry? (Ann Margaret Sharp)

3. Self-Transformation in the Community of Inquiry (Ann Margaret Sharp)

PART II Ann Margaret Sharp on Philosophy of Education, Pedagogy, Teacher Education and the Community of Inquiry

4. The Teacher as Liberator: Ann Margaret Sharp between Philosophy of Education and Teacher Education (Stefano Oliverio)

5. Education and Culture: A Nietzschean Perspective (Ann Margaret Sharp)

6. A Letter to a Novice Teacher: Teaching Harry Stottlemeier’s Discovery (Ann Margaret Sharp)

PART III Ann Margaret Sharp on Ethics, Personhood, and the Community of Inquiry

7. Living in, and with, our Relationships to Others (Laurance J. Splitter)

8. Philosophy for Children and Development of Ethical values (Ann Margaret Sharp)

9. Looking at Others’ Faces (Ann Margaret Sharp and Megan Jane Laverty)

PART IV Ann Margaret Sharp on Feminism, Women, Children and the Community of Inquiry

10. Education as Liberation (María Teresa de la Garza)

11. Towards a Feminist Philosophy of Education: Simone Weil on Force, Goodness, work, Method and Time (Ann Margaret Sharp and Maughn Rollins Gregory)

PART V Ann Margaret Sharp on Religion, Spirituality, Ritual, Aesthetics and the Community of Inquiry

12. Do we Put What is Precious at Risk through Philosophic Conversation? (Peter Shea)

13. Silence and Speech in Pixie (Ann Margaret Sharp)

14. Is there an Essence of Education? (Ann Margaret Sharp)

PART VI Ann Margaret Sharp on Caring Thinking, Education of the Emotions and the Community of Inquiry

15.Caring Thinking, Education of Emotions, and the Community of Inquiry: a Psychological Perspective (Richard E. Morehouse)

16. The Other Dimension of Caring Thinking (Ann Margaret Sharp)

PART VII Ann Margaret Sharp on Social-Political, Democratic, International/Global Education and the Community of Inquiry

17. Social-Political Dimensions of the Community of Philosophical Inquiry in an Age of Globalization (Jennifer Glaser)

18. The Role of Intelligent Sympathy in Educating for Global Ethical Consciousness (Ann Margaret Sharp)

19. The Community of Inquiry: Education for Democracy (Ann Margaret Sharp)

Poem: The Community of Inquiry (Ann Margaret Sharp)


Further Pre-Conference Seminar Information

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.





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

     Dates:  9:00am June 26th – 1:30-pm, 28th, 2017
     Cost:     56.30 €.   (Scholarships available – see below)
     Place:    Days 1&2, UAM campus; Day 3, Rooms near the conference opening venue
     Minimum:   25 participants
     Registration:   Please send your preconference registration form to                               by April 30th 2017 to ensure a place. Applications remain open until May30th                                2017 subject to availability. (Payment will be to the Univeristy in March or Aapril)

Who is the seminar for?

  • Educators, Philosophers and academics interested in research within the P4C community
    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.
  • Graduate Students and New Researchers
    This seminar is designed to be particularly helpful for graduate students and new researchers in P4C. Not only will it provide a broad foundation in this area, but it provides an invaluable opportunity for networking and building community amongst new researchers and between new researchers and the experienced p4c research community. By partnering with UAM, this strand is also being offered as a certificate course*, which contributes to your academic profile.

The seminar is organized around 3 strands:

  1. Questions in the philosophy of research: This strand offers us the opportunity to inquire philosophically into research — covering such issues as: what constitutes research in P4C, and the political and ethical problems that arise in doing it.
  1. Research methods in P4C: This strand introduces us to a range of approaches to research and the tools that operationalize them. This will include philosophical, quantitative, qualitative, action-research, teacher as researcher, grounded theory approaches and postqualitative methods. Together we will explore the kinds of questions to which the approach gives rise and be introduced to a sample of P4C research studies that have used these approaches.
  1. Case Studies:This strand engages us with case studies of research in which individuals or teams showcase their work with an eye to particular issues, questions and concerns. They will present the research questions they were trying to answer, the research methods they used, and questions that arose for them through the experience.

This 40 hour seminar is excellent value at 56.30 (all participants pay this fee). Full and Partial scholarships are being offered by UAM, the Spanish P4C Center and ICPIC. Application for scholarships is on the preconference registration and scholarship form .

*This course is approved as a 2ECTS credit course of UAM. Receiving the certificate will require submission of a written assignment after the completion of the seminar. Participants can also enroll in the course not for credit.

Seminar #2
Advanced Conversations in P4C Research*

     Dates: 9:00am– 4:30-pm, June 28th, 2017
     Cost:     FREE
     Place:   Rooms near the conference opening venue.
     Max:     50 participants
     Registration: Please send your pre-conference registration form
to:  by February 15th, 2017

This one day (9:00-5:00pm) seminar is designed for experienced researchers (theoretical/conceptual and empirical/practical) in philosophy for children.

The intention of this day is to philosophize about research issues in P4C, to generate questions regarding research approaches and to critically and creatively engage with the implications and dilemmas of these approaches, and think together about how we can critically engage with these issues, support one another as researchers, and in turn support others (e.g. teachers, teacher educators, postgraduate students and academics) in designing and conducting rigorous research, whether philosophical, quantitative, qualitative or post-qualitative.

 In addition, throughout the day there will be a sign-up sheet for people to volunteer to serve on the following new ICPIC Committees:

  • Committee to develop an internet-based resource on research methodologies and tools for philosophy in educational environments.
  • Committee to plan the first of a yearly ICPIC research methodologies seminar.

 *N.B: For those not already immersed in the field of research in P4C, the Investigating Approaches to Research seminar is designed to provide a rich context from which to enter the Advanced Conversations seminar on the third day. If you are planning on coming to both seminars you need to enroll in both on the preconference registration and scholarship form .


 Forms in PDF format

Accommodation Options – ICPIC Conference and Pre-conference seminars

Dear friends,

The XVIII INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF ICPIC is quickly approaching and many of you will need to make accommodation plans and reservations for your stay in Madrid. You can find the relevant information on the Spanish P4C Center conference page and ICPIC websites but please keep in mind that it is up to you to arrange your booking.

The Organizing Committee has arranged special accommodation fees with two university residencies. Rooms are available from Sunday June 25th (in time for the preconference seminars).

We have reserved rooms in each residency, however due to specific regulations of companies that manage the residences they cannot yet be booked. The Erasmus Residence will only be open for booking from early March and The Luis Vives Residence will only be open for booking from late January. To ensure that you will have a place in the residencies once bookings open, please complete this interactive Housing reservation form now and email it to the organizing committee of the conference at to put your name on a list for a room. Reservations will be made on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

These are the Two University Housing Options:

The Erasmus Residence: Estimated price 40-44€ a night (We have reserved 50 rooms.)

  • Comfort Twin Studio (one or two person with en-suite – in different configurations).
  • Continental breakfast included
  • On campus – 7min walk to the conference venue
  • Erasmus is offering a 10% discount if you book a room directly through their website once bookings open (see further information below). Estimate final price after discount: 40 €.

The Luis Vives Residence: 30 € a night. (We have reserved the right to book 20 rooms (10 male and 10 female rooms).

  • These are shared rooms (2 person) with common bathroom in the hallway.
  • Rooms are same gender.
  • Continental breakfast AND dinner are included
  • Off campus – 35min by train or 27min by car

Once the residencies open bookings, we will send everyone who sent in a form requesting a reservation an email along with clear booking instructions and a code, letting them know that it is now time to go to the university website and book the room.

In Summary, the process for booking university housing is:

  1.  Jan 1st – March: Complete this Housing reservation form and send it to the conference organizing committee at to put your name on a list for a room for the dates you want.
  2. When booking opens: the conference committee will send you an email to remind you to book your accommodation on the University housing website. Clear instructions on how to book will be included.
  3. It is your responsibility to then go to the University housing website and book the room.

What are my accommodation options outside the university?
Because the Erasmus and Luis Vives Residencies only offer ICPIC a limited number of rooms, you may need to look for other accommodation arrangements once the residencies are full. You may also prefer to stay downtown and enjoy Madrid.

Hotel Escuela is a good option which is really good value for money, and is 35 minutes walking distance to the conference venue, or 10-15 minutes by bus, or 7 minutes by car.

If you wish to stay in Madrid’s city center, we recommend that you look for hotels in the Puerta del Sol area. There are many hotels which offer a wide range of prices. The most convenient way to get to the conference venue is by Suburban Railway: a 25 minute ride from Puerta del Sol to Cantoblanco-University.

Finally, please bear in mind that during the week of the Conference Madrid will also be receiving a huge amount of people from all over the world since Madrid will be hosting World Pride Events. Needless to say, the sooner you make your booking arrangements, the better.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the conference in Madrid.

Best regards,
Félix García Moriyón
on behalf of the  ICPIC organizing committee and ICPIC Executive


University Housing Form to download and complete:
Housing  Reservation form in (interactive) Word: Housing reservation-Word 
Housing  Reservation for as PDF: Housing reservation-PDF

The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children

routledge-handbook-largeThe Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children

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This rich and diverse collection offers a range of perspectives and practices of Philosophy for Children (P4C). P4C has become a significant educational and philosophical movement with growing impact on schools and educational policy. Its community of inquiry pedagogy has been taken up in community, adult, higher, further and informal educational settings around the world.

The internationally sourced chapters offer research findings as well as insights into debates provoked by bringing children’s voices into moral and political arenas and to philosophy and the broader educational issues this raises, for example:

  • historical perspectives on the field
  •  democratic participation and epistemic, pedagogical and political relationships
  • philosophy as a subject and philosophy as a practice
  • philosophical teaching across the curriculum
  • embodied enquiry, emotions and space
  • knowledge, truth and philosophical progress
  • resources and texts for philosophical inquiry
  • ethos and values of P4C practice and research.

The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children will spark new discussions and identify emerging questions and themes in this diverse and controversial field. It is an accessible, engaging and provocative read for all students, researchers, academics and educators who have an interest in Philosophy for Children, its educational philosophy and its pedagogy.

Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (Dec 23rd, 2016)

handbookNewCongratulations Maughn Gregory, Joanna Haynes and Karin Murris!
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This rich and diverse collection offers a range of perspectives and practices of Philosophy for Children (P4C). P4C has become a significant educational and philosophical movement with growing impact on schools and educational policy. Its community of inquiry pedagogy has been taken up in community, adult, higher, further and informal educational settings around the world.

ICPIC Biennial Essay Award Winner – 2016

natalie-fletcherICPIC Award for Excellence in Philosophy for Children.
Congratulations to Natalie Fletcher for her award winning paper: “diseñar un espacio para voces reflexivas. relacionar el ethos del zine con la indagación filosófica dirigida por jóvenes.” (published in Spanish). This, together with an English abstract: “Designing a space for thoughtful voices: Aligning the ethos of zines with youth-driven philosophical inquiry” Natalie’s paper is published in the current edition of the ICPIC Journal Childhood and Philosophy. A copy of the full paper in English will be posted upon publication.

Natalie M. Fletcher is a philosophical practitioner and researcher from Montreal, Canada, where she works as teaching faculty in the philosophy department at John Abbott College and as the founding director of Brila Youth Projects (, a registered educational charity that fosters multidimensional thinking and creativity in young people through philosophical dialogue and digital magazine production. She is currently pursuing interdisciplinary doctoral research at Concordia University, fusing the fields of ethics, political philosophy, dialogic pedagogy and aesthetics education. She is on the executive of the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children and of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy. Her research has been published by Routledge, Rowman and Littlefield, Philosophical Inquiry in EducationAnalytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, and Childhood and Philosophy. She is currently editing a volume on philosophy for children from Canadian perspectives for McGill-Queens University Press.


ICPIC Journal: Childhood and Philosophy

captureNew Issue: 
Vol 12, No 25 ( 2016)
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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