The Philosophy Society’s committee is passionate about widening access to philosophy. PhilSoc has been working with the University WP team for over a year now. During this time, we have been able to deliver online and in-person sessions to local pupil premium schools. These sessions were mainly delivered for P7 students. The sessions consisted of a booklet split into four parts. Firstly, ‘House rules’ of philosophy are laid out and fallacies are discussed. We explain fallacies, a version of the principle of charity and how to argue convincingly. Pupils are then asked to come up with some ‘big questions.’ Some of our favourite questions proposed by students included:
– Are children born with language?
– Why do we have watermelons, but not firemelons or airmelons?
– Why does the sun exist?
Lastly, we explore The Ship Of Theseus experiment, allowing pupils to debate the thought experiment from different angles. You can find out more about the thought experiment and roughly how we explored it on the Philosophy Foundation Website.
The booklet we use in these sessions can be found below: