Scottish Parliament

In 2014 Dr Federico Luzzi was invited to speak at the Scottish Parliament on the value of philosophy as part of the ‘Time for Reflection’ series. Click here to view his speech.

Philosophy in Schools

Collaborations between the Philosophy Department and partner schools have standardly taken the form of weekly engagement with one class over a period of 12 weeks. These collaborations took place with

  • St Peter’s Primary School: One P5 class (2012), one P3 class (2013) and one P7 class (2015)
  • Sunnybank Primary school: One P4/P5 class (2013).
  • Robert Gordon’s College (Royal Institute of Philosophy scheme): various S4/S5 classes (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Albyn School (Royal Institute of Philosophy Scheme): S4/S5 classes (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)


In 2012 Dr Federico Luzzi and Dr Aidan McGlynn secured funding to produce and develop The 10-Minute Puzzle, a podcast series dedicated to central problems of contemporary philosophy. Twelve episodes were produced and the series was well-received.

Between 2012 and 2014, Dr Federico Luzzi developed the Philosophers on Film series of intereviews with visiting speakers.

Social responsibility: HM Prison Aberdeen and AberdeenFoyer Lifeshapers

In 2012 and 2013, the department collaborated with HM Prison Aberdeen in the delivery of two 6-week Philosophy course.

In 2012 and 2013. The department collaborated with AberdeenFoyer to offer unemployed and homeless youths three 6-week Philosophy courses as part of their Lifeshapers programme.