16th International Conference on Philosophical Practice

Философская практика: самопознание посредством интеллектуального творчества

Philosophical practice for self-knowledge by means of intellectual creativity

July 28-31, 2020, St. Petersburg, Russia


Philosophical practice is a new and very effective way of using philosophizing to solve many of the everyday and global problems that modern person faces. People are aware of the limitations of narrow and rigid psychological attitudes that determine their thinking and behavior, and are looking for the strength to discover a holistic view of the world and their place in it. Philosophical practice is an area of intellectual creativity for self-knowledge in various forms of individual and group work. In the process of this intellectual creativity, unique "idea cards" are recognized, following which we expand our living space for ourselves. Despite the novelty of the approaches, philosophical practice maintains a close connection with the philosophical tradition, rooted in it and is, in fact, the return of philosophy to its original status, which it had in ancient culture. Philosophy, in this main sense, is neither a theory, nor a dogma, nor a system of knowledge; it is a set of exercises for mental (intellectual and emotional) care for oneself, for completing the ideas of one's own life, which are being carried by each of us.

Philosophical practice began to institutionalize relatively recently - in the 80-90s of the last century. It was at the turn of the century that it became necessary to cast off the mask of purely theoretical science from philosophy. The practical orientation of the new scientific worldview required the practical orientation of philosophy. The main mission of this intellectual movement is to make philosophy an effective means for achieving a conscious and happy life. Unlike new religions, frightening with their fanatical obsession, socially enslaving and juggling with quasi-scientific terminology, philosophical practice has neither a "guru" nor a "churches", does not consider itself a "science of everything" and does not engage in preaching activities. A free and independent person who creates the ideas of his own life, a person who wants to be heard and who is given such an opportunity - this is the foundation of philosophical practice. Philosophy, sooner or later, had to free itself from the role of the "handmaid" of religion, ideology or science and become the practical matter of every person. This is what happened.

Since 1994, international conferences on philosophical practice have been held in different countries of the world. Countries such as Canada (1994), the Netherlands (1996, 2010), USA (1997), Germany (1998), United Kingdom (1999), Norway (2001), Denmark (2004), Spain (2006), Italy (2008), South Korea (2012), Greece (2013), Serbia (2014), Switzerland (2016), Mexico (2018), hosted these conferences. We are very proud of the organization of the 16th international conference on philosophical practice in Russia.


Main themes


Practices of "epimeleia/cura sui": history and modernity

Philosophical propaedeutics.

Individual philosophical counseling: basic techniques.

Group philosophical counseling: basic techniques.

Philosophical practice in education, business, management, social work.

Philosophy for children.

Philosophical practice and psychotherapy.

Critical thinking and Socratic dialogue.

How to organize a philosophical partnership.

Philosophical way of life.


The main objective

The objective of the 16th International Conference on Philosophical Practice is that philosophical practitioners from around the world share their experience through a series of sessions that will show the public what philosophical practice is, what are the goals, principles and methods of work of the main directions of philosophical practice, what potential intellectual creativity is inherent in this work and how philosophical practice relates and interacts with academic philosophy.