International Conference on Teaching Innovation in Philosophy, Madrid, 5-7 November 2014

lunedì, 13 Gennaio, 2014

International Conference on Teaching Innovation in Philosophy, Madrid, Spain, 5th-7th November 2014

Philosophy and Teaching are entwined to an extent not seen in other disciplines. To research in philosophy is in good part to transmit it, that is, to teach it. However, the relationship between doing research in philosophy and teaching philosophy is not always clear. We have, therefore, to start to reflect on the methodologies of teaching philosophy.
Philosophy professors and teachers have always been aware of the fact that they teach skills rather than contents. As the Kantian assertions puts it: we cannot learn philosophy, we can only learn to philosophize –under its multiple interpretations. The guidelines of the European Higher Education Area, debatable as they may be, recommend turning from a content-based approach to a skills-based approach. University Faculties, Secondary school Philosophy Departments, and non-formal centers and organizations of philosophical learning should be ready to respond to this.
This strategic vision gains in importance due to a demotion in philosophy’s stature as a result of recent changes to educational curriculums. Without a clear conception of its aims as a core educational subject it is more and more difficult to appeal to a coherent discourse that defends its preservation in the curriculums of secondary education.
While the new Spanish Education Law entails a noticeable reduction in the role that philosophy has in secondary education, interest in philosophy is increasing in non-formal environments, as it is seen by the increasing number of philosophy courses for kids and adults, café philosophiques, etc.
There is, therefore, a need to reflect on what is to teach philosophy. For this reason, the Philosophy Faculty of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid has organized the International Conference on Teaching Innovation in Philosophy, which will take place on the 5-7th November 2014.
Information about the conference can be found at the official web-page: Any inquiries may be addressed to the Secretary of the Conference at:


· From the knowledge transmission to the teaching of skills: The implementation of the European Higher Education Area in the domain of philosophy
· The problem of evaluating philosophical learning
· Teaching philosophy in Spain
· Philosophy in other European educational systems
· Philosophical Olympics and debate contests
· Experiences of teaching innovation
· Teaching philosophy in non-formal organizations


The official language of the conference will be Spanish, but papers in English, French, Italian and Portuguese will be considered. The Organizing Committee welcomes everyone interested in the research on the didactics of philosophy whether this is at the university, secondary and/or non-formal levels. Papers and posters may be submitted. Papers should have a maximum extension of 18.000 characters (approximately 20 minutes presentation), and be sent to the official e-mail of the Conference ( together with a 100 words abstract and a brief Curriculum Vitae of the author. The deadline for submissions is the 15th of June 2014. The acceptation or rejection of proposals will be communicated before the 15th September 2014.
A selection of the papers presented may be published in Proceedings.



Rafael V. Orden Jiménez
Facultad de Filosofía – UCM
Juan José García Norro
Departamento de Filosofía Teorética – UCM
Coordinador Máster Formación Profesorado en Filosofía
Emma Ingala Gómez
Departamento de Filosofía Teorética – UCM


Enrico Berti
(Universidad de Padua)

M.ª del Carmen Lara Nieto
(Universidad de Granada)

Cinta Canterla González
(Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla)

Eugenio Moya Cantero
(Universidad de Murcia)

Carla Carreras Planas
(Universidad de Girona)

Olga Pombo
(Universidad de Lisboa)

Luis M.ª Cifuentes Pérez
(Sociedad Española de Profesores de Filosofía SEPFI)

Esperanza Rodríguez Guillén
(Plataforma defensa Filosofía Madrid y CLM)

Félix García Moriyón
(Centro de Filosofía para niños)

Johannes Rohbeck
(Technische Universität Dresden)

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