UCD School of Education Associate Professor, Dr. Áine Mahon, Celebrate World Philosophy Day with President Michale D. Higgins
On November 19th,2016, members of Philosophy Ireland and their guests were invited by President Michael D. Higgins and Mrs. Higgins to celebrate World Philosophy Day at Áras an Uachtaráin.
Dr. Áine Mahon, as one of the founders of Philosophy Ireland, organised and hosted the event. Bringing together academics and teachers of Philosophy from across second and third-level education, it was a warm and memorable occasion.
In a stirring and special address to those in attendance, the President acknowledged the inextricable bond between philosophy and education. “As President of Ireland”, he said, “I fully support Philosophy Ireland’s commitment to developing the practice of philosophy in Irish schools”. He continued: “An exposure to philosophy is vital if we truly want our young people to acquire the capacities they need in preparing for their journey into the world. They will be wiser travellers on that journey if they know to use as their compass the critical abilities, the openness to pluralism and the ethical awareness that an openness to philosophy can bring”.
The President's speech received widespread media coverage http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/teach-philosophy-to-heal-our-post-truth-society-says-president-higgins-1.2875247 and you can read the full text of his speech here: http://www.president.ie/en/media-library/speeches/speech-at-a-reception-for-philosophy-ireland
Philosophy Ireland are thrilled that the importance of philosophy was acknowledged so publicly by our visionary and eloquent President. Following this most welcome recognition, the network aims in the coming months and years to build further on its initial outreach and curricular effort.