Welcome to Philosophy in the Public Interest

PPI News: Philosophy in the Public Interest is excited to be one of only 10 organizations featured nationwide in the Kettering Foundation's Common Ground for Action Launch! Many of you are familiar with our in-person conversation series The Hot Topics Cafe. Thanks to our partnership with the Arizona Daily Sun we have been able to extend this forum for civil discourse to an online platform. The Kettering Foundation is helping us and other organizations find the best way to engage citizens in conversations online.

Philosophy in the Public Interest creates opportunities for guided community conversations about topics as timeless as friendship and as pressing as U.S. immigration policy. These programs create opportunities to gather together, listen with care, speak thoughtfully and respectfully, and learn more about our world, about each other, and about ourselves. The mission of Philosophy in the Public Interest is to create opportunities for deliberation and reflection that benefit the people and communities of northern Arizona.  

PPI has been named by the American Philosophical Association and the Philosophy Document Center as the 2013 winner of Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs award.

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

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