"Practicing Philosophy"

August 7th – 13th, 2023

La Chapelle Saint André, Burgundy (France)


Every summer, in the little village of La Chapelle-Saint-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.

The seminar will be held as the three previous years, presential (offline) and virtual (online). For the ones who will decide to be present, the seminar will be all the week. For the ones who won't be able to come but wish to participate, you will be able to register online either for the entire week, either for 1 day (Monday), or 3 days (Monday to Wednesday). You can find all the information at the end of this page.

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. The principle is to get acquainted with varied 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 any 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 Monday, August 7th (arrival on the 6th), to Sunday, August 13th, and the cost will be 650 Euros; the price includes the workshops, food, and accommodation in a private room. For people who are on a tight budget, the price will be 380 Euros if you accept "camping style" accommodation (workshops and food are of course included). Our Institute can accept some people free of charge who have financial difficulties but are highly motivated.
The seminar will be held offline and online at the same time.
Workshops will be directly broadcast in the morning via the platform Zoom, and on the afternoon, some workshops will be separately proposed online and offline.

If you register for the offline seminar, please write to us for practical information, including payment. CONTACT BELOW

For people who want to register for the online seminar, it is possible to come one day (monday), three days, or the whole week.

Hours: 9h - 13h30 / 16h30 - 20h

We will as well propose a philosophical consultation every evening.
Contact us:
We will be happy to answer your questions.

- For the offline seminar, write to Isabelle: Isabellemillon2013@gmail.com
Whatsapp/Telegram: +33603463390

- For the online seminar, write to Leïla: institutdepra.philo@gmail.com
Whatsapp/Telegram: +33768428208
Prices (for online seminar only)
Option 1 - MONDAY: 30€
Option 2 - MONDAY + 2 OTHER DAYS: 90€
Option 3 - WEEK: 150€

Filling up the registration form below is necessary as well.

You can pay via Paypal or via bank transfert (choice below)


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