Tag Archives: Philosophy

Young Philosophers of NY Spanish-Language Class: ‘Thinking High in the Heights’ at Word Up Bookshop

Your child is full of complex questions, ideas and emotions. Yet few spaces lend themselves to the kind of collaborative and sustained enquiry that allows critical thinking to flourish. Our hope is to make this workshop just such a place. Thinking High in the Heights brings together Spanish-speakin​g 11-14 year olds to raise and discuss the questions that matter most to them.

We approach discussion from a philosophical standpoint that encourages both creativity and rigor. Participants will reflect on questions that they themselves propose during the workshop but some of the planned topics include: Why do some people think that being an athlete does not require brains? (And are they right?) What makes for a good friendship? What does it mean for Washington Heights to be gentrifying and how does this impact me?

We hope that, through these discussions, your child will develop the habits of mind that characterize good thinkers. We also hope that every child gets better at communicating respectfully and listening carefully to what others say, two of the most important skills to enjoy lasting friendships. Thursdays, 4:00-5:30, February 1-March 29 (skips February 22).

Young Philosophers of NY Spanish-Language Class: ‘Thinking High in the Heights’ at Word Up Bookshop

Your child is full of complex questions, ideas and emotions. Yet few spaces lend themselves to the kind of collaborative and sustained enquiry that allows critical thinking to flourish. Our hope is to make this workshop just such a place. Thinking High in the Heights brings together Spanish-speakin​g 11-14 year olds to raise and discuss the questions that matter most to them.

We approach discussion from a philosophical standpoint that encourages both creativity and rigor. Participants will reflect on questions that they themselves propose during the workshop but some of the planned topics include: Why do some people think that being an athlete does not require brains? (And are they right?) What makes for a good friendship? What does it mean for Washington Heights to be gentrifying and how does this impact me?

We hope that, through these discussions, your child will develop the habits of mind that characterize good thinkers. We also hope that every child gets better at communicating respectfully and listening carefully to what others say, two of the most important skills to enjoy lasting friendships. Thursdays, 4:00-5:30, February 1-March 29 (skips February 22).

Winter Classes: Young Philosophers of New York

After School Winter Classes:

Mondays at Hebrew Tabernacle start 1/22

Thursdays (in Spanish) at Word Up start 2/1


The Gotham Philosophical Society’s Young Philosophers of New York program offers 8-week small-group workshops designed for young New Yorkers, aged 8-14. We believe children are natural born philosophers. Full of wonder and a playfully earnest willingness to explore the boundaries of ‘received wisdom,’ they possess a healthy urge to question everything. Our mission is to provide children with the environment where they will learn to ask those questions well.

Our philosophy workshops are student-centered, and based on the creation of a ‘community of inquiry’ among the participants. Our young philosophers do not learn passively, as they often do in the traditional school setting, but develop and investigate ideas and proposals in collaboration with each other. Our instructors do not teach your children what they need to know, but rather help them to become independent and self-reliant thinkers, confident in their ability to think things through.

Learn more about our workshops.

Read the interview with GPS Executive Director Joseph S. Biehl about this program on the American Philosophical Association Blog.

For more information on the value and importance of engaging children in philosophy, read this white paper from the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, and watch this video from Aeon.

Winter Classes: Young Philosophers of New York

After School Winter Classes:

Mondays at Hebrew Tabernacle start 1/22

Thursdays (in Spanish) at Word Up start 2/1


The Gotham Philosophical Society’s Young Philosophers of New York program offers 8-week small-group workshops designed for young New Yorkers, aged 8-14. We believe children are natural born philosophers. Full of wonder and a playfully earnest willingness to explore the boundaries of ‘received wisdom,’ they possess a healthy urge to question everything. Our mission is to provide children with the environment where they will learn to ask those questions well.

Our philosophy workshops are student-centered, and based on the creation of a ‘community of inquiry’ among the participants. Our young philosophers do not learn passively, as they often do in the traditional school setting, but develop and investigate ideas and proposals in collaboration with each other. Our instructors do not teach your children what they need to know, but rather help them to become independent and self-reliant thinkers, confident in their ability to think things through.

Learn more about our workshops.

Read the interview with GPS Executive Director Joseph S. Biehl about this program on the American Philosophical Association Blog.

For more information on the value and importance of engaging children in philosophy, read this white paper from the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, and watch this video from Aeon.

Winter Classes: Young Philosophers of New York

After School Winter Classes:

Mondays at Hebrew Tabernacle start 1/22

Thursdays (in Spanish) at Word Up start 2/1


The Gotham Philosophical Society’s Young Philosophers of New York program offers 8-week small-group workshops designed for young New Yorkers, aged 8-14. We believe children are natural born philosophers. Full of wonder and a playfully earnest willingness to explore the boundaries of ‘received wisdom,’ they possess a healthy urge to question everything. Our mission is to provide children with the environment where they will learn to ask those questions well.

Our philosophy workshops are student-centered, and based on the creation of a ‘community of inquiry’ among the participants. Our young philosophers do not learn passively, as they often do in the traditional school setting, but develop and investigate ideas and proposals in collaboration with each other. Our instructors do not teach your children what they need to know, but rather help them to become independent and self-reliant thinkers, confident in their ability to think things through.

Learn more about our workshops.

Read the interview with GPS Executive Director Joseph S. Biehl about this program on the American Philosophical Association Blog.

For more information on the value and importance of engaging children in philosophy, read this white paper from the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization, and watch this video from Aeon.