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Mission and objectives


The IPCY is a university institute that aims to develop responsible citizenship in youth and their communities through philosophical dialogues and collaborative projects.

A responsible citizen is a person who can think and act in accordance with their own values while taking into consideration—and even promoting—the interests of their community. DETAILS

Responsible citizenship requires a number of reflective dispositions—both for youth and for the adults accompanying them—that are specifically mobilized by philosophical practices, such as deep questioning, attentive listening, meaning-making and solidarity. The IPCY is therefore committed to cultivating the following three sets of dispositions:


A critical eye, or the ability to appreciate the complexity of lived situations by adopting a critical, self-corrective attitude to thinking and acting. DETAILS


Empathic engagement, or the ability to take other people’s perspectives and circumstances seriously by actively extending into their experiences with sensibility and judgment. DETAILS




A resilient mindset, or the ability to courageously cope with the challenges, uncertainties and obstacles encountered in life by adopting a persevering and resolute attitude. DETAILS