Public Philosophy

The Marc Sanders Foundation funds ambitious initiatives in public outreach and engagement, from philosophy in K-12 classrooms, philosophy prison, to philosophy in the media. See the programs that we are funding below.


The National High School Ethics Bowl is a national program that has over 4000 high school students thinking carefully, together, about real life moral issues.  Look for a regional Bowl near you. The end of the year National Competition is held at the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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UCI Think

Think is a program at UC Irvine dedicated to cultivating philosophical thinking, reasoning, and literacy in 5th graders.

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Just Ideas at Columbia University

Just Ideas is a program at Columbia University dedicated to teaching in prisons.

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Center for Public Philosphy, UC Santa Cruz

The Center for Public Philosophy at UC Santa Cruz is a leader in philosophical outreach in their local community, including high schools in underserved areas, and San Quentin Penitentiary.

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Philosophy in the Schools (PHITS)

A program based in Oberlin College that pairs college students and elementary school children for facilitated philosophical discussions.

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Philosophy In The Media

Philosophy in the Media is our new initiative dedicated to establishing a regular presence of philosophy in print media, online-forums, podcasting, and video.

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Public Philosophy Award

The Public Philosophy Award is an essay award of $4500 given to the best unpublished and published pieces of public philosophical writing.

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Contact Us

The Marc Sanders Foundation would be happy to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us (e-mail is preferred) about any questions you might have.


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