Videos: 5th International Summer Seminar of Philosophical Practice
8th International Summer Seminar 2013
La Chapelle St. André - Burgundy,France
August 5th -11th, 2013
Every summer, in the little village of La Chapelle St André (Burgundy - France), gather about 30-40 persons involved in philosophical practice (students, teachers, professors, counselors, trainers) in order to reflect on their work and improve professionally. For seven days, in English, these philosophy practitioners coming from the five continents will participate to different workshops, lead workshops, analyze and evaluate them, theorize about the different issues involved.
In this context, philosophy is not any more an academic activity centered on the history of ideas, and one does not come simply to narrate what he does in his home country, but get acquainted with the many ways of philosophizing, as an activity constitutive of the mind and the self. Philosophy with children, philosophical consultation, philosophy workshops, Socratic dialogue, etc., one is introduced to the many forms and variants of such an endeavor. It is not so much knowledge that is at stake here, but acquiring and developing skills. How to conceptualize, how to problematize, how to deepen understanding of given ideas, and especially how to create a situation where this activity can be induced, is the main focus of the work.
Of course, Socratic maieutic is a key methodological point, but as well dialectics, analytics, community of enquiry, constitute as many entries and matrices to define the work. If they wish so, participants can facilitate a workshop, a situation which provides an occasion for a practitioner to show how he works and get some critical feed-back on his work and his methodology, so one becomes more conscious of his own options and activity. Since the atmosphere of this seminar is open, inclined to both rigor and diversity, it creates a context where one can really express his view instead of hiding behind the usual pseudo-consensus where "everything is fine and we are all great". In this sense, the idea is to recreate the context of antique philosophical schools, or the gymnasium as described by Plato, where one could challenge other's ideas and oneself be challenged. In the peaceful atmosphere of a small French village, accompanied with good food and good wine, walks in the beautiful surrounding woods and visit to the medieval site of Vezelay, one can truly devote oneself to philosophical encounters and reflection.
All practitioners interested in presenting their work and holding a workshop during this event are invited to send their proposal. The purpose of this seminar is to exchange, discover, experiment and develop practices.
This seminar does not require previous philosophical training. It can be an initiation to philosophical practice, or a deepening of the activity. Participants come from different parts of the world, and join for professional or personal reasons, in order to work on a practice that is applicable to many contexts: teaching children or adults, management, individual consultation, N. G. O. activities...
The duration will be one whole week, from August 5h 11th, and the cost will be 600 Euros, including the workshops, food and accommodation in a private room. For people who are on a tight budget, this can be reduced to 350 Euros if you accept "camping style" accommodation. Our Institute can accept some people free of charge who have financial difficulties, but are highly motivated.
You can read theoretical texts and watch videos of the practice on the following websites - English section:
If you wish to be informed of the seminar and workshops of the Institute of Philosophical practice, you can send an email to Isabelle Millon at the following address:
Training at distance with I.P.P.
For those who are interested in training in philosophical practice with the I.P.P., this is now possible at distance through the utilization of the Skype and different on line techniques, including written exercises.
Anyone willing to engage in such a program can contact us at:
The work can take place either on an individual or group basis. We have already an extended network of practitioners holding mutual sessions, in different languages, like French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc.
You will find here a large excerpt from Oscar Brenifier's practice book: "Learning to philosophize with Nasruddin Hodja". You will find in this text numerous exercises connected to the famous tales of wisdom of the Sufi tradition.
You can also read theoretical texts here:
Video: Workshop of Philosophical Practice of Oscar Brenifier at the X International Conference of Philosophical Practice - August 2010 (Leusden - Netherlands)
|Isabelle Millon (Philosophy for Children Workshop)
Comparing Workshops of Philosophy for Children
(Isabelle Millon, Hreinn Palsson, Peter Harteloh)
Peter Harteloh (Philosophical Counseling Workshop - 42 min)
Philosophical Counseling Demo-Workshop Richard Anthone
|Hreinn Palsson (Philosophy for Children Workshop)
Oscar Brenifier: Philosophical Counseling to Johann
Couching a Counselor: Oscar Brenifier & Silvia Benschop
Rayda Guzman (Philosophical Counseling Workshop)
Oscar Brenifier: Comparing workshops of philosophical practice
Kapittelen: Philosophical Practice Workshop by Peter Harteloh
Oscar Brenifier, holds a Bachelor of biology degree (University of Ottawa) and a PhD in Philosophy (Paris IV – Sorbonne). For many years, in France as well as in the rest of the world, he has been working on the concept of ‘philosophical practice’, both from a theoretical and practical viewpoint. He is one of the main promoters of the project of philosophy in the city, organizing philosophy workshops for children and adults and philosophy cafés, working as a philosophy consultant, etc. He has published about thirty books in this domain, including the ‘Philozenfants’ series (Editions Nathan), which has been translated into over twenty-five languages. He founded the Institut de Pratiques Philosophiques (Institute of philosophical practice), to train practical philosophers and organize philosophy workshops in various places: schools, media centres, old people’s homes, prisons, social centres, firms, etc.
He is also one of the authors of the UNESCO report La philosophie, une École de la Liberté.
Isabelle Millon Philosopher-Practitioner (Philosophy workshop facilitator for adults and children), Trainer (teachers and social workers), Director of the Institut de Pratiques Philosophiques (since 1994), Editor and Documentalist, Sub-Editor of « Diotime – L’Agora » (French journal of didactics of philosophy), co-author (Collection « L’apprenti-philosophe », 8 books for young adults and adults, Nathan school editors).
Gabriel Viallet Philosopher-Practitioner (Philosophy workshop facilitator for adults and children) and Teacher of Physics
Audrey Gers Philosopher-Practitioner (Philosophy workshop facilitator for adults and children). She likes to seize oppositions and understand their stakes, she is interested in making participants becoming aware of the choice of their words.
Jérôme Lecoq has a Master’s in business with a speciality in international affairs. He also has a Master’s in Philosophy which he did as a hobby on distance learning, with emphasis on German philosophy. He wrote his master’s thesis on a french 18th century philosopher, Maine de Biran, who re-discovered the relationships between mind and body in his main book, “La décomposition de la pensée”.