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The aim of our Outreach Program is to use the Philosophy Department’s intellectual resources both (i) to help people in the community think carefully and clearly about a broad range of ideas, commitments, and practices that regularly shape their lives, and (ii) to get them excited about philosophy.

We are motivated by the conviction that philosophical activity contributes to a flourishing life by helping us to develop a sense of ourselves and the world around us through reflection on our beliefs and values. With that in mind, we work to promote philosophy in various parts of the community through seminars, consultations, and targeted outreach initiatives.

Social science research has also reflected the positive benefits of participating in philosophical discussions for children. Children who engage with philosophy on a weekly basis significantly increase their math and reading test scores. Teachers report a beneficial impact on students’ confidence and ability to listen to others in the classroom.

The Chapel Hill Philosophy Outreach Program is supported by the Philosophy Department,The Parr Center for Ethics, the Squire Family Foundation, and the American Philosophical Association.