About the Center
The Austrian Center of Philosophy with Children was set up in 1985 to promote research in philosophy with children and to advance the field in theory and practice. The ACPC runs the Institute of Philosophy with Children.
A major catalyst for the institute has been the "Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children" (IAPC) at Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA. The first institute of its kind, foundet in the late sixties by philosopher Matthew Lipman, it continues to condct intensive research in the field of Philosophy with Children to this day.
The Austrian Center of Philosophy for Children is an active member of the "International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children" (ICPIC) and founding member of the "European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children" (SOPHIA). The aim of both institutes is to link practitioners and researchers in over 50 countries, to help them exchange experiences, and to organize symposia and conferences.
The Institute of Philosophy with Children promotes education and advanced training for children,
youth and adults; consults pedagogical institutions; writes project
descriptions; creates and promotes workshop and procedure documentation
and is a philosophical counseling center.
The Institute of Philosophy with Children cooperates
with national and international institutes, schools, institutions of
adult education and universities. Furthermore, research work is done
in different EU-projects.