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Philosophy Ireland were invited by the President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to attend a reception 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

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! Our mission is to support the development of philosophy in the Irish curriculum, universities, and wider community.

Philosophy Ireland is passionate about philosophy. They believe that philosophy is for everyone and PHILOSOPHY IRELAND believe that everyone could use more thinking time !

Philosophy is an exciting addition to the curriculum which offers a learning opportunity where students can explore stimulating and challenging questions and philosophical ideas. The current 3rd years at Temple Carrig School in Greystones took part in the pilot Junior Cycle Philosophy Short Course which will be published and made available to all schools this Autumn by the NCCA and is included in the new Government Education plan 2016-2019.

Philosophy IrelandStudents from the Philosophy class in Temple Carrig School participated in the documentary series Vision 2116 for RTE. This program, made by Dr Robert Grant 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 could play a vital role in equipping students with the ability to think about the kind of society we want. It is due to be shown on RTE in Autumn. Philosophy is an open enquiry which can emerge with any topic where big concepts are identified and we explore them together. We raise questions which are difficult to answer like; Should you ever lie to a friend? ( Ethics ), Does power corrupt?( Politics ), Who decides what beauty is? (Aesthetics ), Do our pets know we love them? (Epistemology). What makes the class philosophical is the richness and contestability of the concepts and questions raised. Not only does it encourage students’ problem-solving and analytical reasoning, it promotes social and emotional development too. As students develop their philosophical awareness, they realise that these challenging questions matter and can be enjoyable to discuss.

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What is Philosophy 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!Their mission is to support the development of philosophy in the Irish curriculum, universities, and wider community. Philosophy Ireland is passionate about philosophy. We believe that philosophy is for everyone. We believe that everyone could use more thinking time. 

Their mission is to support the development of philosophy in the Irish curriculum, universities, and wider community. Philosophy Ireland is passionate about philosophy. Philosophy Ireland believe that philosophy is for everyone. After all, everyone could use more thinking time. 

What is Philosophy?

Philosophers ask big juicy questions about who we are, what we know, and what we should value. In many respects philosophy is less a body of knowledge and more a way of seeing the world – including an ability to define and articulate concepts, identify assumptions, and think critically, analytically, and self-reflexively about our beliefs. It is an invitation to enquire. Philosophers recognize that philosophical questions can be difficult to answer but that doesn’t mean there is no answer (it may even mean we need to shift or modify the question). Doing philosophy is about learning to articulate thoughts, providing justifications for them, and finding ways of disagreeing without being discourteous!

What does philosophy involve?

Philosophy encourages open and reasoned dialogue between people. It involves questioning the world around us. Philosophy challenges our assumptions, whatever they may be, and thereby deepens our understanding. This process is different from mere “debating” which involves convincing others of one’s argument, whether or not that argument is based in reason. Rather, philosophical dialogue is not just about exposing flaws in argumentation; through thoughtful deliberation philosophers aim to shed new light on the big ideas and key concepts that have helped to shape civilisation and continue to inform our values and the way we live.

Who are PHILOSOPHY IRELAND?

Philosophy Ireland are a network of teachers, philosophers, educationalists, and philosophy enthusiasts. We are working to establish school, and community level engagement in philosophy. Some of the Philosophy Ireland team teach a range of subjects at Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert level; some are engaged in research in Irish and UK universities.

Philosophy Ireland are commited to working  to establish school and community level engagement in philosophy. See their  bios here. http://philosophyireland.ie

Philosophy Ireland were invited by the President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to attend a reception 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

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Philosophy Ireland is supported by Philosophy Ireland Ambassadors. These include philosophy graduates Joe Humphreys of The Irish Times, and Dr William Crawley (BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Radio 4), as well as a host of other folk who are passionate about getting people to think philosophically.Their goals are to promote philosophy in education through training, research, public engagement, and by establishing a collaborative network of resources, skills and talent. are already working with Irish schools, universities, community groups, and with public agencies (including the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, and Junior Cycle for Teachers) to these ends.

How 1st year students from Templecarrig describe their philosophy class

“Philosophy is the study of the questions that confuses us in everyday life. A philosophy class should look like a place that’s comfy with plenty of beanbags a place where brains can be challenged. A philosophical question should be one that has many answers and can challenge many people.”

“Philosophy is the way of thinking in which you think independently and critically so that you can answer questions yourself and learn to do things independently. A philosophical question is one with no definitive answer i.e. What does it mean to be alive? A philosophy class looks like a bunch of people arguing things that don’t really matter, but doing it with passion. We should include philosophy in our curriculum because it teaches us how to think for ourselves, not just to repeat knowledge thrown at us.”

“I like that we are free to express our opinions, and be heard, and that we aren’t steered in any one direction. Other schools should try philosophy because it gives students a place to voice their opinions, which they might otherwise interrupt other classes with. It will make the students feel freer.”

Philosophy Ireland are already working with Irish schools, universities, community groups, and with public agencies (including the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, and Junior Cycle for Teachers) to these ends.

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
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

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 

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