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.
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International Winter Seminar – 2015
Argenteuil (95)- France
March 9th – 14th, 2015
English language only
The Institute of Philosophical Practice is organizing its regular « International winter seminar » in English on philosophical practice. It will take place in Argenteuil, a close suburb of Paris.
Some among the different issues on which the seminar will focus are the following.
Philosophy in business and organization: how to think together, how to evaluate individuals through philosophical tools.
Philosophical consultation: art of questioning, obstacles to philosophical inquiry, problematization.
Philosophy with children: creating exercises for the classroom, working on attitudes and competencies.
Personal development: self-consciousness through philosophical exercise.
Argumentation: argumentation problems, evaluating arguments.
In this context, philosophy is not 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, are the main focus of the work.
Philosophers, philosophy professors or practicing philosophers who wish to present their methodology during the seminar are invited to forward by electronic mail their proposal, before December 31st 2014.
It should primarily take the form of workshops, not lectures. These proposals can deal with the various aspects of philosophical practice.
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 almost a week, from March 9th – 14th 2015, and the cost will be 600 EUR, including the workshops, food and accommodation in a private room. For people who are on a tight budget, this can be reduced to 350 EUR 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 website : http://www.pratiques-philosophiques.com/
For more information, write to Isabelle Millon at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 technique and by proposing diverse exercises. Anyone willing to engage in such a program can contact us at: email@example.com
The work can take place either on an individual or group basis. We have already an extended network of practitioners holding mutual sessions, indifferent languages, like French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc.