2021 Asia Pacific Conference On Philosophy for Children

New Approaches
and Directions

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A Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Foundation of PCYNAP

30th & 31st Oct 2021

Hosted by

Jing Hengyi School of Education

The Chair of Collaborative Office of
CIPSH in Hangzhou Normal University

Sponsored by 

The Federation of Asia-Pacific Philosophy
in Schools Associations Inc.

Conference Payment



The Philosophy with Children and Youth Network for Asia and the Pacific (PCYNAP) met for the first time at the 15th ICPIC held in Jinju Korea in July 2011. In 2020 we began a renewed effort to build the network resulting in a number of joint projects, including the foundation of a reading group and a Children’s International discussion Circle, and we now proudly announce this Conference celebrating the tenth anniversary of PCYNAP. Our aim is to consolidate our efforts to date, so we can move forward together with the wonderful work we are doing preparing our students to meet the challenges of life in the 21st Century.  We hope you will join us in this venture.

The Conference will draw together a wide range of eminent Asian-Pacific scholars and practitioners in the field of Philosophy for/with Children (P4wC) to provide not only an historical account of the journey to date, but to create opportunities to reflect on the insights and experiences of the practitioners/authors within the varied cultural contexts of the network.   We will showcase the diversity of the P4wC models which have evolved in the Asia-Pacific region, providing a platform for researchers and practitioners to tell their stories in their own cultural contexts.  We will celebrate and strengthen our connections with the international associations IAPC, ICPIC, CIPSH and FAPSA.  We will establish new opportunities for collaboration within the network, including the publication of a practitioner’s handbook, research projects and a Routledge publication


Ping-chen Hsiung and Lincoln Gao
International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences.


Maughn Gregory and Megan Laverty
Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children


Arie Kizel and Tetsuya Kono
International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children

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Rainier Ibana and Jinwhan Park
Philosophy for Children and Youth Network in the Asia Pacific www.Pcynap.net


Janette Poulton & Lorelei Siegloff
Federation of Asia Pacific Philosophy in School Associations www.fapsa.org.au

Keynote Presenters

Pingchen Hsiung

"Back to the Future? Connecting Children with Philosophies Today and from the Past "

Prof. Ping-chen Hsiung, is the current secretary-general and executive committee member of CIPSH (Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences), founder and president of Asian New Humanities Net (ANHN) , CIPSH Chair of New Humanities in University of California at Irvine, UNESCO chair on Humanities Cultural Landscape Management at Polytechnic Institute of Tomar, distinguished Professor in Residence and Director of Global Humanities Initiative, Hang Seng University of Hong Kong and distinguished professor of Hangzhou Normal University in China.

Tetsuya Kono

"Citizenship and P4C Development in the Aftermath of the Disasters"

Dean of the College of Arts Professor of the Department of Education at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan PhD (philosophy), Keio University, Tokyo, Japan He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Keio University. His main research interests lie in phenomenology, philosophy of mind, and philosophical psychology. He is also concerned in environmental philosophy and environmental education. He has been practicing philosophy with children in primary and secondary schools as well as philosophy cafes for adults for many years. He is teaching philosophy of education, moral education, special need education in the department of education of Rikkyo University. Major publications (books, all in Japanese): Philosophical Picture Book for Children: What is Moral? (2019), Everything Will Revert to Wild Someday (2016), Phenomenology of the Environment (2016), Phenomenology of Body and Special Needs Education (2015), Phenomenology of Boundaries (2014), Introduction to Philosophy for Children (2014), Consciousness doesn’t Exist (2011), The Ecological Self (2011), Re-questioning the Concept of Morality (2011), etc. Director of Philosophical Association of Japan, Philosophy of Science Society, Japanese Society for Philosophical Practice, Editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Ethics etc.

Jinwhan Park

"Aesthetic Dimensions Mathew Lipman's Moral Education "

He established PCYNAP to promote children’s philosophy education that suits the characteristics of the Asia-Pacific region in 2011. It has held seven Asia-Pacific workshops so far. Starting with the establishment of the Seoul National University of Education “Philosophy Research Association”, which was founded in 1968, he has been working as a teacher at the school site Korean Academy of Teaching Philosophy in School and as an emeritus professor at Gyeongsang National University to promote philosophy education in school. He introduced IAPC works in Korea.He co-studied international research with Matthew Lipman the founder of the Philosophy for Children program, and has been working on the development of pedagogy based on Oriental Philosophy including pragmatic, phenomenal, and analytical philosophies.

Janette Poulton

"Asia-Pacific Childrens' Circles"

Janette has been pro-active in the establishing of Philosophy in Schools for over 25 years. Since 2002 she been employed as the Education and Innovations Officer for VAPS (Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools) and as such has been responsible for curriculum development, training of presenters, and administration of courses supporting the teaching of p4/wc. In this position she has recently headed a three year Ethical Capability project in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education. She initiated the increasingly popular Philosophical inquiry opportunities for students (and the general public) in Public Institutions such as state Galleries, Zoos and Museums. Janette has served in a number of voluntary and honorary position: as a member of VAPS, as joint Secretary on the ICPIC (International Council for Philosophical Inquiry with Children) Executive and twice served as President of FAPSA (Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations). In 2016 she was elected as Deputy Chair to PCYNAP (Philosophy with Children and Youth in the Asia Pacific). She was awarded her Doctorate of Education for research on The Development of Philosophical skills and dispositions in the Middle Years of Schooling. She is currently employed at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at The University of Melbourne as a Clinical Teaching Specialist.

Arie Kizel

"The Facilitator's Challenges in a Philosophical Community of Inquiry"

Dr. Arie Kizel is a professor of philosophy of education at the department of learning and instructional sciences at the faculty of education in the University of Haifa (Israel). Since 2019 he serves as the president of the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children (ICPIC). Prof. Kizel is a member of the advisory board of the UNESCO Chair, “Practice of Philosophy with Children” (promoting international interuniversity cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge-sharing and collaborative work). He was the head of the Israeli-German Commission for Schoolbooks (2010 – 2015). His academic areas of research and writing are philosophy of education, philosophy for/with children, research of textbooks and curriculum and research of narrative of social groups.

Megan Jane Laverty

"Ann Margaret Sharp, Gareth B. Matthews, & Matthew Lipman: contesting what really matters in children’s philosophy."

Megan Jane Laverty is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She teaches graduate courses on philosophy of education, ethics and education, and aesthetics and education. Her primary research interests are: the history of philosophy of education; moral philosophy and its significance for education; and philosophy with children and adolescents in schools. She is the author of Iris Murdoch’s Ethics: A Consideration of her Romantic Vision (Bloomsbury, 2007) and the editor of two pre-college philosophy textbooks with Oxford University Press. She co-edits the Philosophy for Children Founders Series (Routledge) with Maughn Rollins Gregory, which includes, In Community of Inquiry with Ann Margaret Sharp: Philosophy, Childhood, and Education (2017), Gareth B. Matthews, The Child’s Philosopher (2022), and Matthew Lipman and the Educational Role of Philosophy (forthcoming). She is co-editor, With David T. Hansen of the five-volume series A History of Western Philosophy of Education (Bloomsbury, 2021).

Maughn Rollins Gregory

"Ann Margaret Sharp, Gareth B. Matthews, & Matthew Lipman: contesting what really matters in children’s philosophy"

Maughn Rollins Gregory is Professor of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University (USA), where he succeeded Matthew Lipman as the director of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children in 2001. He publishes and teaches in the areas of philosophy of education, philosophy for children, pragmatism, gender studies, and Socratic and contemplative pedagogies. He is co-editor of the Routledge International Handbook of Philosophy for Children (Routledge 2017) and, with Megan Laverty, the Routledge series Philosophy for Children Founders. He has edited a number of special journal issues on philosophy for children and is currently serving as the inaugural Research Coordinator for the International Council of Philosophical Inquiry with Children. He also serves as Vice President for Personnel / Grievance Officer for the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1904.

Rainier A. Ibana

"Welcome to PCYNAP"

Rainier teaches Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Teaching Philosophy and serves as Editor of Budhi: A Journal of Ideas an Culture at Ateneo de Manila University. He has been organizing student-and community-centered teacher-training workshops for the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines since 2007, and for UNESCO’s Regional Office in 2012 and 2018. With the support of UNESCO’s Participation Programme in Paris, he convened, edited, and published an anthology of Southeast Asian Wisdom Stories for Sustainable Development in 2012 (Manila: UNESCO National Commission). Aside from the stories, this collection includes philosophical commentaries and teaching guides from eleven countries in the ASEAN region. As a member of UNESCO’s World Commission for the Ethics of Science and Technology, he chaired their technical working group for Environmental Ethics from 2013 until 2018. He coordinated the Asia-Pacific section of UNESCO’s Philosophy Manual: A South-south Perspective (Paris: UNESCO, 2014), served as a member of the adhoc working group that drafted UNESCO’s “Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change,” (2017), and was the main educator for UNESCO’s MOOC on Climate Change Ethics: Lessons from the Global South (London: FutureLearn, 2017).

Register as a Member of PCYNAP


Please read the instructions below

If you live in the Asia Pacific region, then you may choose to register on the PCYNAP register.

To register as a member of PCYNAP please complete your details on this form:

Once you register with PCYNAP:

  1. You will learn about current p4c practices in the Asia Pacific region.
  2. You will have opportunity to share and improve your p4c practice with others working in the Asia Pacific region.
  3. You will be supported in forming/joining regional networks.
  4. You may nominate children to join the PCYNAP Children’s Circle.
  5. You may submit an expression of interest to deliver a PCYNAP Master class.
  6. You may pay reduced fees at PCYNAP Conferences.
  7. You may enrol in a course on English communication skills for p4c facilitators on the international stage.
  8. Your information will be available to people who have been approved on the register.
  9. Your information will otherwise be kept confidential and only shared with your consent.
  10. Any unauthorised use, or sharing of the contents with any third party, is expressly prohibited.