Philosophy is about
our common humanity;
it is for us all.
We do philosophy with anyone
in prison no matter what
experience they have of education.
Philosophy in Prison is a charity set up in 2018 to promote philosophical education in prisons and to explore the practical and philosophical principles that this involves.
Those in custody come from varying educational backgrounds. Some may have low literacy skills. Some may be disillusioned by education. Some may speak English as a second or even a third language.
We use philosophical conversation to engage anyone who is interested, whatever their educational background.
Since 2021 we have been running research workshops on the ways that the criminal justice system may silence those who are caught up in it, ‘Prison Voices’. We plan two major conferences in the near future. If you are interested in this work, please contact us.
Your contribution could make a big difference
To set up stand-alone philosophy courses in prisons in the UK, accessible to a broad range of those in custody.
To train philosophers to run these courses so that they feel comfortable and confident teaching in a challenging environment.
To maintain a mentoring and evaluation network for our courses.
To establish a network of existing and new initiatives for philosophy in prisons.
To promote research into the principles and questions raised by doing philosophy in prison.
To contribute to developing policy in prison education.
We are extremely grateful to the Royal Institute of Philosophy for funding both for courses in prisons, and for our research on Prison Voices.
We are extremely grateful to Cambridge University Press for sending a collection of philosophy books into HMP Swaleside and HMP Downview as support for the libraries.