Welcome to Philosophy in the Public Interest

Upcoming PPI Events:

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    Hot Topics Cafe

    Open Borders and Democratic Views
    6 p.m. Wednesday March 29
    Museum of Northern Arizona
    Facilitator: Dr. Jona Vance, Director, Philosophy in the Public Interest, NAU

Upcoming Friends of PPI Events: 

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    National Issues Forums

    Safety & Justice or Misplaced Justice
    A conservation about community, police, and race
    5:30 p.m. Monday, March 27
    Murdoch Community Center

Cafe Philo Flag: Existentialism
2 p.m. Friday, April 7th
1899 Bar and Grill.
Facilitators: Dr. Julie Piering, Philosophy, NAU, and Dr. Michael Vincent, Modern Languages, NAU.

Check out the programs held this year: 

Philosophy and Film
Hot Topics Cafés
Sedona Salons
Special Events

The central mission of PPI is to provide forums for the public to do philosophy alongside trained philosophers. PPI creates opportunities for members of the community beyond the university to engage in careful, reasoned discussion with one another about topics of deep concern. As the contemporary philosopher, John Campbell, notes, “Philosophy is thinking in slow motion. It breaks down, describes and assesses moves we ordinarily make at great speed...It then becomes evident that alternatives are possible.” Outside the university, there are too few spaces for thinking in slow motion in conversation with others. By providing such spaces, PPI fills a unique role in society. Our discussions are framed by philosopher-facilitators so that the central questions are accessible and focused, and the discussions yield thoughtful exchanges from multiple perspectives. In our core programs, facilitators guide the discussions in real-time toward issues of central importance and away from pitfalls in reasoning, while remaining officially neutral on which position one should take on the central issues.

View our calendar of events.

The Philosophy Department faculty participate in Philosophy in the Public Interest, a program for creating opportunities for deliberation and reflection to benefit the people and communities of northern Arizona.