Kids can benefit from joining a philosophical community as soon as they begin to question the world around them and their place in it. That’s what I suggest in my piece Community Philosophy: Starting young, which has just been published on The Philosophy Hub blog.
The Philosophy Hub is a website that connects people everywhere to their local grassroots philosophy groups: social forums where people can share big ideas, reflect on their lives, develop themselves, and possibly even respond collectively to global challenges.
“Without street philosophy, academic philosophy becomes irrelevant. Without academic philosophy, street philosophy becomes incoherent.” So says Jules Evans, founder of The Philosophy Hub, who has charted the history and resurgence of public philosophy groups in his detailed history of grassroots philosophy movements from ancient times to the present day.
It seems that “street” or “cafe” philosophy is alive and flourishing, with self-organised discussion groups mushrooming around the globe. You might be interested to discover the origins of the Philosophy for Children movement, and its place among other contemporary grassroots philosophy movements, in The Philosophy Hub’s history section.
Many thanks to Jules for inviting my contribution to the blog.
Title image via Hotel de Ville
The Philosophy Club runs co-curricular and extra-curricular workshops for children in Australia.