Our Mission

Philosophy is a living part of our shared heritage, and we believe that everyone should have access to it. The questions that philosophy addresses are questions that everyone has struggled, or will struggle, with at some point in their lives concerning what to do, what to believe, and what to value. The methods that philosophy offers for addressing these questions are relevant to all of our projects–whether it’s choosing a career, figuring out how to treat others, evaluating public policies, or evaluating claims on the basis of evidence.  Madison Public Philosophy is a group of philosophy students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and our mission is to share philosophy with all members of our community through educational programs and public performances.

Performance Philosophy

Performance Philosophy is an international network open to all researchers concerned with the relationship between performance & philosophy. At MPP, our approach to exploring this relationship is to create performances that illustrate philosophical questions and methods. Our current project is an interactive dramatization of the drowning child thought experiment from Peter Singer’s Famine, Affluence, and Morality.

Philosophy for Children

The modern Philosophy for Children (P4C) movement originated in the 70’s with philosophy professor Matthew Lipman at Montclair State College and finds earlier roots in the writings of philosopher John Dewey. With the hope of fostering a more democratic democracy, in which all citizens are prepared and empowered to engage in public life, the movement teaches PK – 12 students how to reason philosophically and participate in a community of inquiry. In addition to this laudable long-term goal, the P4C curriculum enhances students’ school experience and inner lives by strengthening peer relationships and introducing them to a rich field of inquiry. Today P4C is found in more than 60 countries and has been demonstrated to improve students’ math and reading scores as well as other cognitive and affective skills. MPP is thrilled to share the movement with the Madison community and has met a warm reception.

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