Launch of OPEN-Scotland philosophy education network

Philosophy researcher Lani Watson is launching an online network for people interested in promoting philosophy in schools and communities

OPEN-Scotland is an Online Philosophy and Education Network for Scotland hosted by the University, bringing together people interested in teaching philosophy in schools, pubs, cafés, and at public events across Scotland.

Dr Lani Watson is organising the network as part of her Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Philosophy.  The project has already allowed teachers from across Scotland to attend training sessions on teaching Philosophy in schools.

Lani Watson

The launch event on Friday 11 January 2019 will showcase the new online home for the network and bring people together to meet, make connections, share philosophical and teaching resources, and shape the future of the network.

Representing philosophy in education

Talks, information stalls and interactive activities will be on offer from a variety of organisations interested in philosophy and education, such as:

  • Education Scotland, the Scottish Government agency responsible for improving the Scottish education system
  • Four Scottish Universities - Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde
  • SAPERE, the national charity supporting Philosophy for Children, known as P4C, in the UK
  • The Philosophy Foundation, a charity which trains and accredits philosophy students to facilitate philosophical questioning in the classroom
  • Wonder Ponder, an organisation which offers visual philosophy resources for children 
  • The Public Philosophy Network, a community of philosophers committed to public engagement
  • Public Philosophy Journal, a collection of open-access publications on public philosophy

Event registration

Tickets are free and open to all, available on a first-come, first-served basis on Eventbrite.

OPEN-Scotland Launch Event Tickets | Eventbrite

About Lani Watson

Lani is interested in the philosophical study of questions and the many ways in which the practice of asking questions affects our everyday lives.

She is currently developing the 'Philosophy of Questions', a technological intervention aimed at improving student questioning in the classroom.

Philosophy of Questions