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Why Philosophy?

We are all philosophers. We all ask ourselves questions about what is fair, beautiful, good, and true. We all think about what we truly want out of life and what we have a right to expect from others. Children, in particular, are full of philosophical questions about why things are the way they are. Often, adults feel they should be able to answer these questions, but find that they aren’t really sure why people die or why we are all here.

The good news is that these questions may have no definitive answers. Why is that good news? Because we can spend our lives exploring possible answers, and in the process, find out a lot about who we are. Exploring these questions together through discussion is a profoundly humanizing experience that allows us to form connections across the barriers that seem to divide us. It can bring families and communities closer together. In fact, our online programs bring people together from around the world. 

We are all philosophers

What we do at Grey Havens Philosophy is called Philosophy for Children and Communities or P4C. We don’t lecture about philosophy; we explore philosophical questions with you. Fifty years of research and practice in more than sixty countries tells us that doing philosophy together can make us more thoughtful, engaged citizens and help us to lead more fulfilling lives.It has also been shown to improve academic performance in all fields, including STEM, promote social and emotional growth, and it’s great for kids’ brain development. 

For more information, check out our lists of research links and links to other P4C organizations. throughout the world. Check out Our Stories to see P4C in action. 

If you’re ready to try P4C for yourself, take a look at our discussions and groups. 

Thinking together makes our community better!

P4C Research Links

https://www.sapere.org.uk/about-us/p4c-research.aspx

https://my.icpic.org/research.html

http://p4chawaii.org/wp-content/uploads/CH-26.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/182675/DFE-RR119.pdf

Regional, National, and International P4C Organizations

Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO)

International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC)

Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC)

University of Washington Center for Philosophy for Children

SAPERE (UK)

The Philosophy Foundation (UK)

P4C Hawaii

Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands

The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA)

And More!