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philosophising with children, p4c...



The course teaches the basics of philosophical discussion. The focus is on the practical method of "philosophising with children". In Module 3 you will get to know aspects of "p4c" (philosophy for children).

The course is methodically and didactically structured in such a way that you can use philosophising in groups of children, young people or adults in the best possible way. After the first module, you can try out and carry out your first steps in practice. The training is also suitable for personality development and self-awareness and can be combined with many professional fields. Educators, trainers, psychologists and students, as well as private individuals, take part in the course.

The basic training consists of a total of four modules in which the basics of philosophising are experienced and learned step by step. The academy imparts the methodology and didactics of this cultural technique. After the first module, you can work on your first units yourself and gain initial experience.

The model taught by the academy has been used and taught successfully in practice for many years (2006).

No previous knowledge is required.

Two further advanced modules open up further possibilities after the training.



You will be taught methods to create an adequate framework for philosophical discussions: develop rituals, topics and use questioning techniques. You will learn how to help others LISTEN, ASK QUESTIONS and develop YOUR OWN OPINION. This gradually creates a collaborative and appreciative discussion atmosphere, where curiosity and the joy of joint research and exchange are the focus.

In contrast to philosophy, philosophising is NOT about imparting knowledge or discussing statements by well-known philosophers, but about creating a framework in which one's own thoughts, ideas and a culture of discussion can be developed. In the first module you will learn what a philosophical question actually is and how to formulate it. The aim of philosophising is to develop and promote the joy of joint research.


No previous knowledge is required.

You will receive a certificate upon completion of all four basic modules at the end of the training after your final unit.

In addition to the formal degree, we focus on quality and practical relevance, the joy of philosophising together, mutual exchange and the joy of personal development.


The individual modules in detail:


The training has a modular structure and starts with the topic ME, and develops thematically towards YOU, towards the community, i.e. the WE, through to one’s own values ??and attitude. The training modules are practice-oriented "hands-on seminars".

Module 1: Who am I? - the pillars of the "I"
The aim of the first module is to develop skills for philosophical questions and the framework for philosophical discussions. The participants gain initial experience in moderating philosophical discussions and develop the necessary prerequisites for practical implementation. You will also learn methods and techniques for developing philosophical questions so that you can immediately apply and try them out in practice. The main focus is on life issues related to your own self with thoughts and feelings.

Module 2: What does relationship mean? - interpersonal, the "YOU"
The second training module focuses on the philosophical attitude and the thematic focus on "relationships" and "interpersonal issues". In addition, the role of the discussion leader in philosophical discussions is examined in more detail and further developed through an extended discussion. In a practice transfer, the participants can exchange and work on experiences and difficulties together with the seminar leader. Differences between philosophising and other "forms of conversation" are made clear through exercises and round off the second module.

Module 3: What is real? - Things, realities & the "WE"
In the third module, the participants get to know new techniques for in-depth questioning in philosophical discussions. In addition, the p4c is another method on the program. After the philosophical question and attitude (modules 1 and 2), philosophical activities are considered and worked out as a method. Reality and the things that surround us and make up the world are the focus of this third module. "What is magic? Where does the world come from? What does community actually mean?" are possible questions. A further practical transfer represents another important building block in Module 3.

Module 4: How do we want to live? - Values & Responsibility
The last module focuses on topics related to values ??and the final units of the participants: "How do values ??come about?" or "What is really important in life?". The prospective discussion leaders also get to know a more advanced variant of philosophising. Monitoring and feedback is another component of this module. The ceremonial awarding of certificates at the end of the second day concludes this training series.



Feedback of parcipitants: (in German)

Tanja Schindlauer  Poopak A. Nejad Vera Brandner 
Doris Pfabigan Gerda Delpin Verena


one of our seminar rooms close to the garden


The courses take place in the Academy, Alfred-Wegener-Gasse 21, 1190 Vienna. There is a small and a large seminar room. If the weather is good, parts of the seminar will take place in the cozy garden. The seminar rooms are equipped with comfortable chairs. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, for example to warm up during the lunch break.
Note: In the case of internal groups (e.g. for schools), the course can also take place in your institution by arrangement.

You will receive a training folder and documents for each individual module from us.

The modules take place on two consecutive days and, unless otherwise agreed, last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The modules are scheduled in such a way that there is enough time between the modules for practical exercises.

The costs are €305 per module, i.e. €1.220 for the entire course.
The costs include participation in the four modules, all seminar, documentation and certification costs.
Please also ask your employer about any subsidies or funding opportunities for the course.

Students, single parents, low earners or seniors can ask us whether funding from the Academy is possible.

Internal training for schools, institutions:

The academy also conducts internal training courses together with your institution. There are special conditions for this. The WGKK also offers institutions such as schools the opportunity to receive funding.




Training management:



Uly Paya is a certified adult educator and a trained trainer for "philosophising with children". He passes on his extensive experience (since 2005) in countless projects related to philosophy and those from his many years of teaching (since 1999) in the training courses. He incorporates his vocation and passion as a teacher, physicist, painter and musician into this work.


More about Uly you find at


If necessary or as a supplement, parts of the trainings are taken over by the private lecturer Ruth Neubauer-Petzoldt and other members of the academy.


Our trainings are in German but we could also held them in English

if enough people compete. Please contact us. Thank you!


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