ICPIC connects its members with other P4wC practitioners and researchers from around the world. It is a valuable means of keeping in touch with our growing global community and of showing real commitment to the endeavor of bringing philosophical inquiry into classrooms and beyond. By joining ICPIC, members get a chance to think globally while acting locally, gaining access to networks and resources, and participating in conference seminars and research projects.
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ICPIC IN ACTION
Spain. The 18th international ICPIC conference "Coming of Age: Family Resemblances" kicked off at the Palacio de Cibeles in downtown Madrid on June 28, 2017.
Spain. ICPIC's pre-conference seminar "Exploring the Practices and Challenges of Research in P4wC" took place in June 2017 at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Spain. Ann Sharp, Matthew Lipman and Félix García Moriyón at the 6th ICPIC conference in Alcalá de Henares in 1993.
Brazil. The opening seminar of the 9th ICPIC conference in Brasilia, Brazil, in 1999, that focused on analyzing the 30 first years of the Philosophy for/with Children movement.
Israel. Children engaged in philosophical inquiry during the 13th ICPIC conference on philosophy, identity and culture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2007.
Mexico. P4wC experts Ann Sharp, Michel Sasseville, Jen Glaser and Gil Burgh gathered at the 12th ICPIC conference in Mexico City in 2005.
Italy. Ann Sharp with Richard Morehouse and Michael Pritchard at the 14th ICPIC conference in Padua in 2009.
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Canada. Young thinkers from Brila's creative philosophy camps in Montreal share their vision of an ideal school where kids have power.
Ghana. Young African philosophers reflect on the art of reasoning as part of an intercontinental P4wC project with Canada.
Spain. A group of first and second grade students from the four schools of the village of Argentona engage in a philosophical inquiry.
Canada. Kid participants at the Think Fun Camps just outside of Vancouver enjoy sharing philosophical thoughts during the hot summer months.
Brazil. Children engaged in philosophical dialogue as part of a project at the State University of Rio de Janeiro entitled "Does philosophy fit in Caxias?"
I felt very privileged to work with such experienced, committed colleagues on the ICPIC committee. There’s a lot of momentum and support to expand our P4wC movement.
—LIZZY LEWIS, SAPERE, UK
PAST ICPIC PRESIDENT 2013-15
Philosophy for/with Children cultivates open and critical thinking, and can enable identity-building for children from marginalized groups.
—ARIE KIZEL, UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA, ISRAEL, CURRENT ICPIC PRESIDENT
It was an honour to be ICPIC president! A key experience was the 1998 UNESCO meeting when 16 experts were invited to advise on P4wC. I remember Lipman saying: 'This is a historic moment.'
—MICHEL SASSEVILLE, UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL, CANADA, PAST ICPIC PRESIDENT 1997-99
U.S.A. P4wC workshop participants with Matthew Lipman and Ann Sharp in 1989 in Mendham, New Jersey.
U.S.A. A community of philosophical inquiry in action in the mid-1980s in Mendham, New Jersey.
Russia. Matthew Lipman and Ann Margaret Sharp at a P4wC conference in Moscow in 1990.
MEXICO. Doctoral students researching P4wC at the Universidad Iberoamericana in the early 1990s.
U.S.A. Engaging in philosophical inquiry dialogues at the Saint-Marguerite Retreat House library in 1985.
U.S.A. P4wC facilitator training in 1988 in Mendham, New Jersey, with Matthew Lipman.
U.S.A. The original home of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children at Montclair State in 1991.
Spain. Matthew Lipman at GrupIREF's house in Barcelona in a session with participants from across Catalonia and Europe.
Cambodia. A P4wC workshop led by Jinwhan Park with students from the University of Cambodia.
Brazil. A creative outdoor P4wC teacher training workshop through the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
Japan. A P4wC workshop for professional educators in Tokyo in the Spring of 2016.
Spain. A teacher training course focused on P4wC and cinema run by GrupIREF at Inca, Mallorca.
U.S.A. An international group of workshop participant at the IAPC's summer seminar in Mendham, New Jersey, in 2012.
England. A workshop with P4wC trainers and associates as part of a SAPERE annual general meeting.
Ukraine. P4wC practitioners and theorists gather to exchange lessons learned at an intercontinental conference.
OUR GLOBAL ICPIC
Discover the work of some of our member organizations...
Akademei Kinder Philosophieren | Munich, Germany
Since 2007, the Akademie Kinder Philosophieren has offered continuing education courses for educational professionals on how to philosophize with children and adolescents Together with its participants and institutional partners from education, businesses and politics, the organization develop new, creative approaches to the implementation of P4wC in day care centers and schools as well as in higher education institutions. The organization views philosophy not only as a cultural technique that can be learned but also as a basic human need.
CdRF | Bergamo, Italy
The CdRF (Comunità di Ricerca Filosofica Associazione di Promozione Sociale) was born in 2016 from a network of educators and teaching professionals trained in P4wC and Community of Philosophical Inquiry by Fulvio Manara (1958-2016), professor of social pedagogy at the University of Bergamo. Our mission is to spread the knowing and practice of P4wC/CPI in different contexts, supporting the work of our associates in promoting the practice in schools, communities, universities etc., and to train teachers and other education professionals.
CECAPFI | Mexico, Mexico
CECAPFI (Centro Educativo para la Creación Autónoma en Prácticas Filosóficas) is a center for development, teaching and innovation in philosophical practices. CECAPFI is composed of five areas: a) schools: we offer diploma courses of different types, run trainings in P4wC and work with educational institutions; b) world: we offer philosophical consultation, philosophy for organizations, philosophical coffees; c) editorial: our printing press specialized in philosophical practices; d) research institute: our research projects in philosophical practice; e) links: our ontact with colleagues and professionals from around the world.
CELAFIN | San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
CELAFIN emerged in 1993 in San Cristóbal de las Casas as a response to the educational needs of teachers in contexts of cultural diversity, in order to systematize and offer services related to the development and dissemination of the P4wC program. Dr. Eugenio Echeverría, founder and director of CELAFIN, has been in charge of disseminating Lipman/Sharp’s work in Mexico and other Latin American countries, through the training of teachers, adaptation and publication of materials, among other activities.
Centro FpN de España | Madrid, Spain
The Centro de Filosofía para niños was established as a non-profit association in 1992 with the aim of disseminating the philosophical and pedagogical works of Matthew Lipman and Ann M. Sharp in Spain. Since it has offered training and support for teaching staff, as well as produced an abundant of research studies and pedagogical materials adapted to the needs of its context. The Center is mainly made up of teachers and other education professionals, artists, staff of various institutions and groups and graduate students, who all contribute to giving life to this beautiful collective project.
Colegio NWL | Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico
Colegio NWL helps students build their own knowledge and develop life skills. Its classrooms are dynamic spaces where actions are generated to positively impact children’s reality today. The school uses Philosophy for/with Children to favour higher-order thinking, with the fundamental objective of learning to think collaboratively to make better decisions that transform everyday contexts for the better. Through the use of digital educational platforms and innovative pedagogical resources, the school facilitates the acquisition of knowledge through challenging projects that develop students’ competences for the future.
Instituto de Filosofia da Nova | Lisbon, Portugal
The main purpose of IFILNOVA (Instituto de Filosofia da Nova) is to develop research programs focused upon human action and value construction at the ethical, political and aesthetic levels. In order to achieve these goals, IFILNOVA develops research programs on the theme of values, normativity of rules and argumentation aimed at the study, development and investigation of philosophical theories and their application to social practices and problems. Within such a framework, IFILNOVA has achieved national excellence and international acknowledgement in areas such as argumentation theory, pragmatics, and history of philosophy.
Espacio FpN | Buenos Aires, Argentina
Espacio Filosofía para Niñxs is a civil association dedicated to the promotion, defense and diffusion of the philosophy for and with children. Our work focuses on teacher training, research and the production of both theoretical and classroom materials. With these projects, we seek to encourage a more reflective form of education, which includes philosophical dialogue as a daily practice in the classroom.
GrupIREF | Barcelona, Spain
GrupIREF is a non-profit association based in Catalonia that promotes the Filosofia 3/18 curriculum. This P4wC program incorporates creates new and supplementary materials, paying special attention to the arts as a path to knowledge. Recognized by the Department of Education of Catalonia, it can organize teacher training courses, provide training for teacher trainers, and endorse research projects. GrupIREF also collaborates with many local and regional institutions.
ICPE | Jerusalem, Israel
The Israeli Centre for Philosophy in Education advances Philosophy for/with Children in Israel. The Center provides professional development programs for teachers, social change agents and institutions (schools, non-for profit organizations) in such areas as P4wC and pedagogies of engagement. It is a project of the non-for-profit Topaz-Leading Social and Educational Innovation. The refrain “Philosophy for Life” carries the Centre’s commitment to linking inquiry with the question “How ought we live?” and to the practical implications of reflective inquiry.
The Israeli Pw4C Academic Forum | Haifa, Israel
Ths Israeli Academic Forum for Philosophy with/for Children at the Faculty of Education in the University of Haifa (Israel) headed by Dr. Arie Kizel organizes conferences, activities and initiatives in Israel. The forum cultivates Philosophy with/for Children seminars and courses aiming to promote a dialogical and democratic spirit in the educational system in Israel. It is responsible for professional development of teachers and practitioners in the Jewish and Arab sectors, and operates a large number of research projects. Since 2018, it awards a special prize for excellent academic research projects.
Kinderphilosophy | Sydney, Australia
Kinderphilosophy is an Australian organization that is passionate about providing opportunities for children to be quality thinkers. It runs P4wC workshops to support teachers in developing critical and creative inquiry methods in their teaching practice, inspired by the consistent body of evidence over several decades that demonstrates the educational benefits of P4wC for children. Kinderphilosophy is nationally endorsed by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority to provide registered professional development accredited courses.
P4C New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand
Philosophy for Children New Zealand (P4CNZ) is an associate of the Australasian Federation of Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA). The organization provides professional development for teachers around New Zealand in introductory and advanced workshops which conform to FAPSA standards. It also creates and gathers local P4wC classroom materials for the use of our members. It promotes philosophical inquiry with young people whenever and wherever possible!
Penser Ouvrir | Paris, France
Penser/Ouvrir d’Asphodèlel is an association that works toward the development of philosophy for all in the city. The team is involved in the facilitation of philosophical discussion in schools, informal education, arts and culture, and introductory and continuing education contexts. The organization aims to develop critical thinking and creative thinking in a supportive atmosphere, working to raise awareness of thought processes by promoting cooperation, openness and empowerment.
Philolab | Paris, France
Philolab is a French association whose statutory purpose is to encourage the renewal and development of the teaching and practice of philosophy as a school of freedom. It was founded in Issy-les-Moulineaux in April 2006 by Jean-Pierre Bianchi. Insofar as philosophy builds the intellectual tools necessary to be able to analyze and understand essential concepts like justice, dignity and freedom, it helps to develop independent thinking and judgment skills and stimulates critical faculties essential to understanding the world and questioning its problems it poses.
Philosophy Ireland | Dublin, Ireland
Philosophy Ireland is an invitation to the people of Ireland (whatever their age, and whoever they are) to think, enquire, and reflect—to get philosophizing! Founded in 2015, the organization’s mission is to support the development of philosophy in the Irish curriculum, universities, and wider community. Philosophy Ireland is a consortium of academics, schoolteachers and community stakeholders concerned with the introduction of philosophy into Irish schools and society.Its primary ambition is to raise awareness about the educational significance of philosophy, both as a history of ideas and as a method of inquiry.
SAPERE | Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
SAPERE, or the Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, is an internationally recognised educational charity that promotes Philosophy for/with Children, known as P4wC. Founded in 1992, its mission is to train teachers in P4wC, which encourages children to think critically, creatively, collaboratively and caringly. The organization is committed to helping children, particularly those facing disadvantage, to become lifelong learners.
SOPHIA | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The aim of SOPHIA is the advancement of doing philosophy with children in Europe as well as European cooperation in the field of P4wC, especially tightening cultural links between European countries. The Foundation realizes its aims by organizing an annual meeting with host organizations around Europe, creating opportunities for educational projects that are of special importance for mutual relationships between European countries, facilitating exchanges between European scholars and students in the area of philosophical inquiry with children, and cooperating with other institutions and universities.
Teaching Philosophy | Northhampton, U.S.A.
Teaching Children Philosophy is an online platform that aims to support the teaching of philosophy in schools, especially at the elementary school level. The website presents tools to help teachers and parents discuss even the most mind-boggling questions with their children. It features a set of children’s books that are remarkable for their philosophical content, alongside assembled questions that can be used to initiate a philosophical discussion.
Searching for Telos | Detroit, U.S.A.
The Searching for Telos project seeks to offer opportunities for children to engage in communities of philosophical inquiry in Detroit, Michigan in an effort to create the mental habits that enable children to acquire knowledge, reason well, and form sound judgments for themselves. The organization offers workshops in the P4wC method, engaging in conversations with children that will increase their reasonableness, encourage thoughtful decision-making and strengthen their academic success.
The Philosophy Foundation | London, United Kingdom
Founded in 2007, The Philosophy Foundation conducts philosophical enquiry in schools, communities and workplaces. Our mission is to bring understanding, wisdom and eudaimonia (flourishing) to the heart of education for children and adults. By doing philosophy, beneficiaries learn to think better, act more wisely and thereby help to improve their educational opportunities, as well as the quality of their and others’ lives. All our philosophy teachers hold a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. We are committed to promoting a high standard of philosophical understanding and practice within the P4wC community and philosophy done in schools.
Thinking Space | Sheffield, United Kingdom
Thinking Space promotes philosophical dialogue and enquiry. We work with universities, communities and businesses creating space for people to talk and think together. The organization works in lots of different ways depending on the particular needs of our partner organisations. Though they might look very different, all of our projects share a common goal: to build communities of philosophical enquiry where the thinking that takes place is critical and creative whilst also being caring and collaborative.
Viterbo University | La Crosse, U.S.A.
Viterbo University has a long association with the P4wC movement. Dr. Richard Morehouse (Psychology) trained under Matthew Lipman in the late 1980s and began integrating aspects of P4cC into his own research and classes, taking over the editorship of Analytic Teaching in the 1990s. In 2006, Dr. Jason Howard (Philosophy) and Dr. Morehouse team-taught a number of courses on philosophy of education that integrated P4wC as a service-learning component. In 2009, Dr. Howard took over editorship of what is now Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, the longest continually running journal dedicated to P4wC in the world (37 years).
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is for centers and institutions.
It provides both non-for-profit and for-profit organizations with a way of showing their commitment to the larger purposes and values of Philosophy for/with Children as an educational social movement, and of expressing their responsibility to the growth of P4wC at a global level.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How long do ICPIC memberships last?
A: Both the personal and the organizational memberships are for one year starting from the date of registration until the same date the following year.
Q: Why should I become an ICPIC Member?
A: As an ICPIC member, you will not only be showing support for our work in philosophical inquiry with children but also be joining a global community of practitioners, researchers and advocates who share your commitment to this important cause. You will also be gaining access to a members-only area that includes a membership directory, online communities of practice and research groups working in philosophical inquiry with young people, and direct messaging with other members. Member organizations extend their visibility by being listed on the ICPIC website and can apply to ICPIC to obtain endorsement for conferences and training programs according to our criteria.
Q: Can individual ICPIC members advertise their P4wC events?
A: Personal memberships allow members to share information through the member listserv and online discussion groups but not for advertise an organization's events on the website. To do so, the organization must itself be a member of ICPIC.
Q: What kind of ICPIC membership should I choose if I run a P4wC business as a one-person show?
A: If you run a P4wC enterprise—for profit or non-for-profit—you do effectively count as an organization, even if it is a small one. You will need an organizational membership for your business (so you can share what it is doing and planning) as well as a personal membership for your own interactions as an individual member of the global ICPIC community. As a small enterprise, you can take advantage of the discounted rate for developing organizations and take comfort in knowing that for this small financial outlay, your organization will get high exposure it may otherwise have found difficult to achieve.
Q: While my organization gives me autonomy to engage in P4wC, they are not themselves committed to P4wC as an institution so I have never established what I am doing at an institutional level. Should I get both an organizational and personal membership?
A: While you may be the driving force behind the projects you have created, your institution is still involved—for example, whether it is a university or a school, they are legally implicated in anything that might go wrong with your work. So while they may not share your passion for P4wC, since they are enabling you to do this work, it is worth acknowledging these efforts through an organizational membership that that increases their visibility.
Q: What do I do if I have technical issues with my ICPIC membership?
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