Engaged Philosophical Inquiry

The Death of Socrates, 1787 by Jacques Louis David

The Death of Socrates, 1787 by Jacques Louis David

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” (Socrates, 468-399 B.C.E.)

Engaged philosophical inquiry (EPI) is a way of facilitating a democratic and open-ended dialogue between children, youth and adults around bigger and smaller questions about life, knowledge, value, and meaning. Example questions of children are: “Why does it take so long to make good friends, but so short to make enemies?”, “What is pure happiness?”, “Why am I human?”, or “Why was I born and what is my purpose in life?” This long established inquiry-based way of teaching can be used in various settings: in school, at home, in public, etc. It encourages people of all ages to read, listen, think critically, feel deeply, see things from multiple perspectives, and develop social responsibility.

This Engaged Philosophical Inquiry Consortium connects scholars, practitioners, students and everyone interested in this pedagogy. It offers and helps organize:

  • To promote EPI in schools and other educational environments
  • Professional development and workshops
  • Graduate courses
  • Research projects
  • Summer camps for children
  • Increase the variety of methods and practices in EPI
  • Bring philosophy as teachable subject (Minor) into high schools
  • Collect resources: scholarly articles as well as resources for teachers and practitioners
  • Connect with other EPI initiatives across Canada
  • Organize regular national symposia and international conferences
  • Helping and teaching each other to become better facilitators

 

To learn more about what EPI is, click here and if you are interested in learning how to facilitate philosophical inquiries and develop a curriculum accordingly please join the EPI Summer Institute.