world philosophy dayIt’s World Philosophy Day today, and I’m beginning it at the home of my oldest philosopher friend, Jeremy Watkins, who lectures at Queens University Belfast. We grew up in the same village and in the long, winding conversations of ideas we had as children, we were philosophers before we knew the word. We’ve both made careers out of it, and I thought that rather than writing a new stimulus, I would kick off a celebration of philosophy by reflecting on the moments when I love philosophy and think how lucky I am to do so much of it.

Let us know when you and your classes love philosophy, below or on twitter @makethinkingfun #ilovephilosophywhen

Happy (if happiness is the ultimate good) World (assuming the world is real) Philosophy (define philosophy) Day!

When I Love Philosophy

When we are silly about something serious
When we are serious about something silly
When a paradox makes a child giddy

When a child says, “I disagree with myself because…”
When it goes from “quiet-for-the-visitor” to noisy hubbub
When it works without me

When I’m itching to say what I think and have to restrain myself
When teachers who started looking very Monday sound very Friday
When a boy stands up for something he believes

When someone says something, and in a ripple, everyone talks about it
When we have to retrace the conversation to find how we got here
When children crowd in at break with things still to say

When at the end, someone speaking for the first time makes everyone think again
When children get caught by a story and argue as if it’s real
When a child says something I know I’ll keep

When someone says, “You’ve made my brain hurt!”
When I remember how a child thinks from the year before
When a child who never speaks, speaks, and everyone listens.


  1. Joan Wright on November 17, 2016 at 9:14 am

    A year 2 boy after our discussion about King Midas
    ” He should have come to Philosophy and done some deep thinking”
    That made my day.

  2. Amanda Pope on November 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    A Year 6 student’s comment on making sure we hear everyone:

    “Unless we stop and consider the point of view of others, we will never be able to understand each other. It’s what leads to wars.”

  3. Marion Elvery on November 18, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    When I get to take the non-religion’ group I pose ‘What if’ and ‘When do you’ questions and we have the best philosophical discussions. Meanwhile the religion class is being stories that at best can only be described as guilt trip fairy tales.

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