Philosophy for/with Children ( P4C) Booster and Introductory Workshops Friday/ Saturday 24th/25th Nov 2017

Philosophy Ireland is running two P4C workshops this November - a booster session on Friday 24th for those who have already attended a previous Philosophy Ireland workshop or equivalent, and an introductory session on Saturday 25th. Both sessions are suitable for teachers/educators and philosophers working with all ages.

P4C is a powerful educational approach which has cognitive and social benefits for children and schools. It has spread internationally over the last 50 years, and is practised in over 60 countries.

P4C engages children in developing their own questions in response to a given stimulus. They then enquire thoughtfully, and collaboratively, into their choice of question, guided by the facilitator/teacher. Finally they reflect on their thoughts and participation, and suggest how they could improve on their learning (skills and content) next time. Consequently, both the process and the content of learning are simultaneously developed.

P4C places emphasis on building social and emotional skills and dispositions over time, as well as cognitive abilities. Notable increases in respect, open mindedness, reasoning and reasonableness - in and out of the classroom – are common effects of P4C.

The workshops are being facilitated by Marelle Rice  - Director, Philosophy Ireland and The Thinker’s Midwife. Marelle has also authored the Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course and is a PDST P4C and SAPERE Consultant Trainer. The sessions will run  from 10am - 3pm in the Roebuck Offices building in UCD, Belfield ( building 62 on the UCD campus map ). Cost is 50 euro for each workshop. Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite here- Book for Booster Workshop/ Book for Introductory Workshop


Philosophy Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin

Philosophy Ireland were invited by the President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to attend a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin on Sat 19th November to celebrate World Philosophy Day (which took place on 17th Nov. ) President Higgins spoke passionately about the importance of philosophy for society. Read the full text of his speech here

Other coverage

  • Photos from the event here
  • The Irish Times 19th Nov here
  • The Irish Times 26th Nov here
  • Prof. Brian Cox on Ray Darcy 22nd Nov quoting President Higgins and endorsing teaching philosophy (approx 6 mins in) here


Philosophy Students from Templecarraig School Greystones present President Higgins with their School Yearbook at the Áras reception ( Wicklow Times 29th Nov 2016)


Philosophy Ireland Launch

Philosophy Ireland had its official launch event at City Assembly House, 58 South Williams Street, Dublin 2 on Saturday 27th August. We were delighted to have our patron Sabina Higgins in attendance along with representatives of the NCCA, teachers, philosophers and philosophy enthusiasts. Read some of the media coverage here:  Irish TimesThe Right Hook on Newstalk

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    Aine Mahon
  • Philosophy Ireland Launch
    Philosophy Ireland Launch
  • Gerry Dunne
    Gerry Dunne
  • Annette Honan
    Annette Honan
  • Charlotte Blease
    Charlotte Blease
  • Shane Hanna
    Shane Hanna
  • Morning Panel Discussion
    Morning Panel Discussion
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    PI Launch Registration
  • Sabina Higgins and Patrick Sullivan
    Sabina Higgins and Patrick Sullivan
  • Sabina Higgins and Philosophy Ireland
    Sabina Higgins and Philosophy Ireland
  • Patrick Sullivan
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  • Rob Grant and Aislinn O'Donnell
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  • Sabina Higgins speaking at PI Launch
    Sabina Higgins speaking at PI Launch
  • Susan Andrews
    Susan Andrews
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    Afternoon panel discussion
  • Aislinn O'Donnell
    Aislinn O'Donnell
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  • Joe Humphreys closing remarks
    Joe Humphreys closing remarks
  • Joe Humphreys Irish Times - opening address
    Joe Humphreys Irish Times - opening address
  • Marelle Rice
    Marelle Rice
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  • Deborah Quigley
    Deborah Quigley
  • Gillen Motherway
    Gillen Motherway
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    Sabina Higgins
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    Susan Andrews
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  • Rob Grant
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  • Sabrina Keenan
    Sabrina Keenan

Daily Mail Monday 29th August


Philosophy Ireland Launch Programme

Philosophy and Ireland

Introduction and Chair Sabrina Keenan.

10.00-10.20 Opening Address Joe Humphreys (Irish Times).

10.20-10.30 What is Philosophy Áine Mahon (UCD).

10.30-10.45 What is Philosophy Ireland? Charlotte Blease (Leeds).

10.40-10.55 Address by our Patron: Sabina Higgins.

Philosophy and The World

11.00 -11.45 Documentary-Making and Philosophy. Rob Grant (TCD).

11.45-12.00 Doing Philosophy in Prison. Aislinn O’Donnell (Maynooth University).

12.00-12.30 Art and Philosophy in the Classroom: Ideas and Practices. Aislinn O’Donnell (Maynooth University) and Katy Fitzpatrick (Maynooth University).

12.30-13.00 Questions and Responses. Sabina Higgins, Joe Humphreys,Charlotte Blease, Rob Grant, Katy Fitzpatrick, Aislinn O’Donnell, and Áine Mahon.

13.00-14.15 LUNCH (at participants’ expense)

Philosophy and The School

Introduction and Chair Gerry Dunne.

14.30-15.00 P4C: Introducing the Pedagogy. Marelle Rice (Northwood College for Girls).

15.00-15.15 Philosophy and the Primary School. Gillen Motherway (Hibernia/Plymouth).

15.15-15.30 Philosophy and Secondary School. Susan Andrews (Temple Carraig).

15.30-16.00 Teaching Philosophy through the Curriculum. Shane Hanna (Villiers) and Deborah Quigley (St. Dominic’s).

16.00-16.30 Discussion (including: Seán Henry).

Philosophy and the National Curriculum

Introduction and Chair Susan Andrews.

16.30-17.00 The NCCA and Philosophy in the Curriculum. Annette Honan, Colm O’Cadhain, and Patrick Sullivan.

17.00-17.15 Closing Reflections Joe Humphreys.

Philosophy Ireland thanks the following funders for their sponsorship: 

The Irish Georgian Society; Brian Coleman, Pictures in Motion; University College Dublin; Maynooth University; Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI), Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.


May 2016 Temple Carrig School in Greystones

Students from the Philosophy class in Temple Carrig School in Greystones participating in filming for the documentary series Vision 2116 for RTE. Each part in the series outlines a vision for Ireland in 100 years, socially, culturally, and politically. This particular program is being made by Dr Robert Grant a philosopher from Trinity College Dublin and focuses on how Ireland is going down a path where economic productivity is the main vision for our society, and how this is clashing with our values and humanity. Introducing philosophy to schools he believes, could play a vital role in equipping students with the ability to think about the kind of society we want, rather than blindly following the dominant economic model. It is due to be show on RTE in Autumn.

March 2016 Philosophy Ireland: Sharing Good Practice


Philosophy and the Irish School Symposium August 2015

Philosophy Ireland was initiated and launched at a public forum entitled ‘Philosophy and the Irish School’ on 22 August 2015. Recognizing the need to host an open and public discussion on the role of philosophy in schools, Dr Charlotte Blease and Dr Áine Mahon of University College Dublin co-organised the forum which was held at Newman House, St Stephen’s Green. See the symposium program here.  


Philosophy Ireland at FÉILTE 2015

This year's FÉILTE took place on Saturday, 3 October 2015, RDS, Dublin. The theme of this year's event was "Sharing Teaching –Connecting Learning”. Philosophy Ireland were delighted to showcase and share some examples of Philosophy in schools today and opened the conversation about how we value thinking with other teachers. The interest was evident at our showcase.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan was delighted to learn more from Philosophy Ireland and reitirated her support for developing a short course on Philosophy for the first, second and third years of secondary school. The Minister explained that she wants “to give students an opportunity to explore the concepts and ideas of philosophy in the 21st century”.