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.
Momena is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy, and is also an international student from the UK.
Regarding philosophy for the young: I care about the work of P4Y because I think philosophy can embrace the intense curiosity so common in the young, and I believe this to also be useful for other subjects from which philosophy provides a nice break. Personally, it is just enjoyable to see a young person get excited about things they may not have thought about or may not have been asked about otherwise.
I am a sophomore from Hong Kong studying Moral and Political Philosophy. Outside of classes, I am interested in reading, movie watching, and coffee drinking.
Regarding philosophy for the young: Coming from a place where students are taught under a rigid, East Asian-style, academically-focused curriculum, I had little chance to explore the wonders of Philosophy before my college years. Through participating in P4Y, I wish to enable young children to do what I have not been taught to do – to be curious, inquisitive, and to “ask the silly questions”. After I graduate, I would like to introduce the P4Y concept to Hong Kong and launch similar initiatives.
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.
I am a sophomore (C’22) majoring in Philosophy with a concentration in Science and minoring in the Biological Basis of Behavior with hopes to go to medical school.
Regarding philosophy for the young: Seizing the new academic opportunities that Penn had placed at my fingertips, I took a fun Introduction to Ethics seminar freshman year. I realized that for the past 12 years of my education, I had missed the invaluable critical thinking skills and liberating curiosity that studying philosophy offers us. Introducing philosophy to grade-school students will enable their growing minds to ask questions and ponder on things beyond traditional subjects. And it’s fun!
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.