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 NHSEB

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The Public Philosophy Award is an essay award of $4500 given to the best unpublished and published pieces of public philosophical writing.

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Protesting Police and Policing Protest

We recently hosted a Zoom Panel Discussion on Protesting Police and Policing Protests featuring Ekow Yankah, Michele Moody-Adams, Brandon del Pozo, and Jason Brennan, moderated by Barry Lam and Simone Gubler. The event was co-sponsored by the Marc Sanders Foundation, The Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society, and Hi-Phi Nation — all organization committed to the value of philosophy.

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Nonfiction and Narrative Popular Philosophy

“The design features that make for good academic philosophy might make for terrible public philosophy…”

This is a guest post for Daily Nous by Barry Lam, Associate Director for the Marc Sanders Foundation, associate professor and chair of philosophy at Vassar College, and the creator and host of the Slate philosophy podcast Hi-Phi Nation (@HiPhiNation).

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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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