Since 1997, the Jacobsen Trust has made available to the Royal Institute funds to promote philosophical work in schools. The Institute has expanded the scheme in recent years, offering free philosophy courses to as many as 60 schools across the UK each academic year.
Although the Institute sometimes arranges sessions with younger children, the courses usually involve students aged 16 – 19, who have little or no experience in philosophy.
Our teachers tackle basic philosophical topics concerning the nature of knowledge, ethics, the mind, free will, aesthetics and so on. The content is usually organized around the teacher’s own area of expertise — always situated in mainstream, academic philosophy.
The goals of the scheme are many: engaging the interest of students in basic philosophical issues, free and rigorous enquiry, clarifying and discussing certain questions and the various reasons offered in support of one position or another, developing the capacity to think critically.
We are always on the lookout for new schools, so institutions able to host a course are very welcome to apply. Just fill in this application form and email it to the Managing Director.