Dr Catherine McCall

Catherine McCall BA(Hons) MA MSc PhD FRSA is a practical philosopher specialising in applying philosophy outside universities. Having pioneered philosophising with young children in the USA in 1984, she introduced Philosophy for Children to the UK, Eire, France, and Spain through a series of International Training Workshops in 1985-86. She was the External Expert to the Government in ‘Values and Character Education’ for the Sate of New Jersey, USA 1985-86.
The 1990 BBC documentary “Socrates for Six year olds” featured Catherine’s method of Community of Philosophical Inquiry [CoPI] with six year olds in the USA. In 1990 she created M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Philosophical Inquiry at Glasgow University. Feb 5th 2005 she presented her CoPI method to the Scottish Parliament, featured in BBC2 Newsnight.

Catherine was Visiting Professor at: The Sorbonne; The Technical University of Barcelona; The University of South Carolina, USA; The Polish Academy of Sciences; Malta University; The Continuing Education University of Iceland; The University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. President of Stichting SOPHIA: The European Foundation for Doing Philosophy with Children 1996 - 2013

Catherine is also Philosophy Consultant for business, art galleries, hospitals, communities etc. including: IBM; SBC; BBC; The Transmissions Gallery;  Corton Vale Prison; Grampian Health Care Trust; Scottish Enterprise; Ayr Hospital, The Lighthouse; Hopscotch films; CalMac; Shell.

Related Sessions
Sunday 18 October 2015, 14.00 Pit Theatre

In conversation: Israel

"Some of the freest speech I have enjoyed in years."
Baroness Ruth Deech QC, crossbench peer; chairman, Bar Standards Board

follow the Academy of Ideas


Keep up to date with Academy of Ideas news and events by joining our mailing list.