Mission & Vision


The mission of the Gotham Philosophical Society is to use the critical rigor and creative imagination of the best philosophical thought to transform the civil, political, and educational institutions of New York City.


Our two-fold aim is to create a New York that is concerned with the flourishing of all its citizens, and to have our children prepared to lead this new city into the future.

To realize this vision, GPS has set itself the following four broad goals

  1. Provide platforms that enable the philosophical community to contribute to and subsequently shape public  policy.
  2. Educate the public on the importance and value of philosophy and increase the number of philosophers engaging in public discussion.
  3. Promote philosophy in pre-college (K-12) education through innovative curriculum development, professional development for teachers without backgrounds in philosophy, and provide extra-curricular enrichment opportunities wherever possible.
  4. Encourage partnerships between the philosophical community and private, public, and social sector organizations.