Many organizations are devoted to introducing young people to philosophy, and to preparing students and teachers to accomplish this goal, including university-based pre-college philosophy programs, degree programs, philosophical organizations and ethics centers.
Degree Programs in Philosophy for Children
St. Joseph’s College
Concentration in philosophy for child study majors consisting of 30 credits of philosophy, including some courses in the pedagogy of presenting philosophy to pre-college students. For information: Dr. Wendy C. Turgeon, Philosophy Department, St. Joseph’s College, 255 W. Roe Blvd, Patchogue, NY 11772; phone: 631-687-5189; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montclair State University
MSU’s Ed.D. in Pedagogy and Philosophy is one of a very few programs in the country that bring the disciplines of pedagogy and philosophy into dynamic interaction. For information: phone: 973-655-4000; email: email@example.com
General Philosophy Organizations
American Association of Philosophy Teachers
The AAPT is dedicated to the advancement of the art of teaching philosophy. To this end the organization sponsors both a Newsletter and a Biennial Workshop/Conference on teaching philosophy. An AAPT owned Listserv is available.
American Philosophical Association
APA is a service organization for philosophers; however, its Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy “oversees activities of the Association related to the teaching of philosophy at the pre-college level and initiates efforts to encourage and improve teaching at this level. It…facilitates cooperation between philosophers, teachers, and educational administrators in planning and evaluating instructional programs and requirements for the training and certification of teachers in areas relating to philosophy. The Committee also collects and disseminates information on existing programs and instructional materials.”
Association for Moral Education
“AME provides an interdisciplinary forum for professionals interested in the moral dimensions of educational theory and practice. The Association is dedicated to fostering communication, cooperation, training, curriculum development, and research that links moral theory with educational practice. It supports self-reflective educational practices that value the worth and dignity of each individual as a moral agent in a pluralistic society.”
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE)
“The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics was founded in 1991 with support from Indiana University and the Lilly Endowment to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching of high quality in practical and professional ethics by educators and practitioners who appreciate the practical-theoretical aspects of their subjects. The Association facilitates communication and joint ventures among centers, schools, colleges, business and nonprofit organizations and individuals concerned with the interdisciplinary study and teaching of practical and professional ethics.”
Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium
This Philadelphia group, composed of philosophers from area universities and local business people, promotes philosophical education and inquiry.
Institute for Global Ethics
“Founded in 1990, the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE) is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. Our challenge is to explore the global common ground of values, elevate awareness of ethics, and provide practical tools for making ethical decisions.”
Institute for Philosophy in Public Life
Unversity of North Dakota
The institute’s mission is to “bridge the gap between academic philosophy and the general public.” Based on the premise that everyone can do philosophy, it fosters “statewide, national, and international discussions between philosophy professionals and others who have an interest in the subject.”
Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children
Montclair State University
“IAPC provides curriculum materials for engaging young people (pre-school through high school) in philosophical inquiry and provides teacher preparation in the pedagogy of the classroom community of inquiry. The IAPC also conducts philosophical and empirical research in teaching pre-college philosophy and the uses of philosophy for educational objectives including critical and creative thinking, social democracy and ethical judgment.”
North American Association for the Community of Inquiry (NAACI)
NAACI, an organization for educators interested in philosophy for children, holds semi-annual meetings and offers many resources for those interested in philosophy and the community of inquiry.
Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum
“The purpose of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum is to stimulate scholarship on ethics and the teaching of ethics in all academic disciplines and to afford an opportunity for the exchange of research.”
The Society for Ethics
“Established in 1995, SE serves the purpose of promoting philosophical research in ethics, broadly construed, including areas such as (but not limited to) ethical theory, moral, social and political philosophy, as well as areas of applied ethics such as (but not limited to) legal, business and medical ethics. Although the SE is primarily a philosophical society, others are also encouraged to become members.”
Society for Philosophical Inquiry
SPI is a grassroots nonprofit organization devoted to supporting philosophical inquirers of all ages and walks of life as they become more empathetic and autonomous thinkers who take active part in creating a more deliberative democracy. Its members strive to form and facilitate ‘democratic communities of philosophical inquiry.'”
The Program in Ethics in Society
“The Program in Ethics in Society is designed to foster scholarship, teaching, and moral reflection on fundamental issues in personal and public life. The program is grounded in moral and political philosophy, but it extends its concerns across a broad range of traditional disciplinary domains. The program is guided by the idea that ethical thought has application to current social questions and conflicts, and it seeks to encourage moral reflection and practice in areas such as international relations, politics, science, medicine, law, and business.”
Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Association
This umbrella organization works to enrich and enhance philosophy education in primary and secondary schools in the Australasian region. It publishes the Australasian Journal of Philosophy in the Schools.
The Values Institute University of San Diego
This institute contains a wealth of information – curricula, media resources, texts — particularly in the field of ethics for both teachers and students.
For a complete list of ethics centers visit the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.