Community Engagement Enriches Philosophy Education
The Northern Institute of Philosophy (NIP) at the University of Aberdeen is dedicated to excellence in research in the core areas of analytic philosophy.
NIP Public is a programme that takes the benefits of NIP’s collaborative research models and introduces them to local non-academic communities such as schools, charities and non-academic institutions.
Programmes have been developed to challenge people’s own views and the views of others."
Programmes such as Café Philosophique, a public discussion event involving University philosophy academics, and Philosophy with Children, a teacher training course designed to show how philosophical discussion can be incorporated in school settings, have been developed to challenge people’s own views and the views of others as well as enriching the cultural lives of users in the local community.
Collaborations have also been carried out with:
- HM Prison Aberdeen
- Aberdeen Foyer
- St Peter’s Primary School
- Albyn School
- Robert Gordon’s College
- Dyce Academy
The main aim of these activities is not only to share cutting edge philosophy research with non-academic groups but also to involve those groups in the practice of collaborative discussion.