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Delphi the Philosopher

Delphi loves to ask questions - she has grown up in ancient Athens after all, at the time of the first great philosophers.  However, when her friend Plato brings news that the legendary philosopher Socrates has been arrested, Delphi starts to realise that some questions are even bigger, and more dangerous, than she realised...

Join Delphi on a journey to learn what it takes to be a real philosopher - and it definitely isn't invisibility rings, magic potions, wishes from drunken gods or even having a pet unicorn (though a tortoise can be useful). 


With your help, Delphi will try and work it all out to save the only man in Athens who might really know the answers.

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Delphi the Philosopher is a story written to introduce primary age children to philosophy.


Each chapter, as well as telling Delphi's story, asks big questions that help to develop children's listening, questioning, reasoning and explaining skills.

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Delphi the Philosopher - Prologue



Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 2

Big Questions

Chapter 2

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 4

The Golden Mean

Chapter 4

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 6

The Perfect Bedroom

Chapter 6

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 8


Chapter 8

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 10


Chapter 10

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 1

The Trial of Socrates

Chapter 1

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 3

The Ring

Chapter 3

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 5

The Wish

Chapter 5

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 7


Chapter 7

Delphi the Philosopher – Chapter 9

The Escape

Chapter 9

Delphi the Philosopher has been created to be an ideal introduction to philosophy for children. 


During the story, children will develop their listening, questioning, reasoning and explaining skills, including learning to:


  • Give their opinion about philosophical questions

  • Use ‘because’ to justify their ideas

  • Ask philosophical questions

  • Use ‘if’ to give examples of their ideas

  • Identify the consequences of an idea

  • Use logic to adapt and improve an idea

  • Identify when a question has multiple possible answers

  • Discuss abstract ideas

  • Evaluate philosophical arguments

  • Speak persuasively to present an idea

  • Analyse philosophical arguments and give their response

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Read our lesson blogs to see the lessons in action!


During the Autumn term of 2019, we taught Delphi the Philosopher with our own Year 3 and Year 5 classes.  Read our detailed lesson blogs to see how the lessons look in practice.  Watch videos, see pictures and read about the incredible progress our children made, in one of the most detailed accounts of teaching philosophy to children available anywhere.


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