I am a senior majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Cognitive Science. After graduation, I will be joining Teach For America as a 6th grade math teacher in Fort Worth, Texas.
Regarding philosophy for the young: My interest in P4Y is motivated by the belief that all children are inclined to think philosophically, but traditional education does not always provide them with an outlet for their curiosity. I wish I was exposed to philosophy prior to college, and P4Y is a chance for me to give kids an opportunity I never had.
Eric Eisner is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. He is majoring in philosophy, history, and Jewish studies, with minors in English and Hebrew.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I enjoy talking about philosophy and helping others learn.
Alex is a senior majoring in Philosophy and triple-minoring in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies; History of Art; and Law & Society. She plans to attend law school to pursue a career in civil liberties impact litigation.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I was lucky enough to be introduced to philosophy early on in my academic career, starting in middle school and continuing throughout high school with a philosophically-focused form of competitive debate. I think the fact that I was able to start thinking about philosophy so early–in addition to jumpstarting a passion–meant that my first encounters with the subject matter were not in esoteric ivory-tower university settings, but rather in a typical primary education context, among peers rather than PhDs. I want philosophy to be seen as a field as accessible and important as the other subjects taught regularly in schools, rather than one reserved for only the most upper intellectual echelons, and bringing it to younger folks is a really wonderful way to do that.
Chloe is a rising senior double majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. She is interested in the intersection of her two majors, particularly feminist philosophy from a postcolonial lens.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I am passionate about improving the accessibility of academia, particularly in the humanities where subjects like philosophy are commonly perceived as too abstract or difficult to understand. I believe that philosophy can and should be for all ages, and adds new dimensions and perspectives to the way we see the world and treat people around us.