Philosophy Ireland

Philosophy Ireland is an invitation to the people of Ireland (whatever their age, and whoever they are) to think, inquire, and reflect – to get philosophizing. The mission is to support the development of philosophy in the Irish curriculum, universities, and wider community. Philosophy Ireland's patron is First Lady of Ireland, Sabina Higgins.


Charlotte was Co-founder and Chair of Philosophy Ireland, a collective of academics, school teachers, community workers, and philosophy enthusiasts whose goal is to promote philosophical dialogue at every level of Irish society. The President of Ireland, Michael. D. Higgins held a reception for Philosophy Ireland on World Philosophy Day, 19th November, 2016 at the Áras an Uachtaráin (the President’s speech is available online).

Other Philosophy Outreach

Since 2010 Charlotte has been involved in teaching philosophy outside academia, in schools, adult education centers, and in public lectures. She has written for schools magazines, and in the national UK and Irish media about the importance of philosophy, especially in the Age of AI.


She is one of eight Associates for the Philosophy in Education Project, a UK organisation (President: Prof Anthony Grayling; Director: Dr John Taylor) which promotes philosophy in the classroom, and among the public. A key aim of this body is to make the case for GCSE Philosophy. In Ireland, in 2015 she acted as a consultant for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessement (NCCA) in Ireland which oversaw the introduction of Philosophy into the Junior Cycle of the curriculum.


Archive of Presentations

  • February, 2017: Keynote speaker, Philosophy is for everyone, The Storey Institute, Lancaster University.

  • November 2016: Invited speaker, reception with President of Ireland at Áras an Uachtaráin.

  • November 2016: Keynote speaker at SAPERE AGM, Royal National Hotel, London.

  • December 2015: TEDx UCD: Philosophy is a Right, University College Dublin.

  • October 2015: Keynote speaker at Roundtable on Philosophy in Schools organized by NCCA, Dublin.

  • August 2015: Philosophy in the Irish School (co-organizer) at University College Dublin, Ireland

  • July 2015: Invited speaker at the 'Philosophy in Schools with Students' conference at the University of Leeds.

  • June 2015: Invited to speak at Queen's University, Belfast (QUB) at a Philosophy for Children Taster Day.

  • February 2015: Invited speaker, Society for Women in Philosophy Ireland Mentoring Workshop on teaching philosophy in schools (this was attended by First Lady of Ireland, Sabina Higgins).

  • September 2014: Keynote speaker at the British Philosophical Postgraduate Association at University of Leeds on the topic ‘Philosophy Outside Academia’.

Queen's University Belfast 
Primary Schools Initiative

After gaining a ‘SAPERE Level 1 Certificate’ in teaching philosophy and critical thinking to primary school children (March 2011), Charlotte initiated a scheme for Queen’s University philosophy undergraduates to earn this certificate and teach in local primary schools. The program is still going strong at Queen’s University. Since its inception over hundreds of primary school pupils in the Belfast area have engaged in Philosophy for Children.

Philosophy in Schools in
Northern Ireland

As an eight times recipient of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Fellowship Charlotte taught introductory philosophy courses in five Belfast secondary schools, securing one quarter of the Royal Institute of Philosophy's annual schools budget for Northern Ireland in 2010-11. She twice hosted schools philosophy conferences at Queen’s University, Belfast (Nov 2010; May 2012). Both conferences were generously funded by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, London, UK. 


Philosophy for Teachers in 
Northern Ireland

In her capacity as Philosophy Associate for the Northern Ireland exam board CCEA, Charlotte ran annual day-long sessions on teaching ethics and philosophy of religion (GCSE, AS & A2 Level) to school teachers in Northern Ireland. She also wrote a regular column in TermTalk Northern Ireland's teaching magazine (delivered to all 27,000 teachers in NI) (2011). In 2015 she was guest writer for the Irish school principals’ magazine Leadership+ which is distributed to 7,000 principal teachers in Ireland. The aim of these pursuits was to encourage the teaching of philosophy in Irish schools - North and South.

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