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Sommerseminar med Oscar Brenifier
6. til 12. august 2012 - Burgund, Frankrike
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Subject: Sommerseminar med Oscar Brenifier
Tradisjonen tro inviterer Oscar Brenifier nok en gang til sommerseminar i den vakre landsbyen La Chapelle St André i Burgund, Frankrike hvor familien Brenifier har et rustikt lite landsted. Se under for detaljer om arrangementet.

Legg også merke til pdf-vedlegget denne gang som er et (langt) tekstutdrag fra en av Oscars nye bøker. Temaet er hvordan filosofere med utgangspunkt i fortellinger om den halvt mytiske Nasruddin Hodja-skikkelsen (som tilhører den islamske Sufi-tradisjonen). Dette er en tekst Oscar har hatt på beddingen en stund for vi publiserte for flere år siden (med forfatterens likegyldige tillatelse: "Publish it if you want. I don't believe in intellectual property rights.") en tidlig versjon på BUF-hjemmesidene, se Den største forskjellen på den gamle og nye versjonen er at det nå er laget samtaleøvelser og -opplegg til en hel serie med Hodja-fortellinger. Vel bekomme.

7th International Summer Seminar
"Practicing Philosophy"
La Chapelle St André - Burgundy, France
August 6th - 12th 2012

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 himself 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 himself 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 6th - 12th, 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: i.millon [at]

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: The work can take place either on an individual or group basis.

Learning to philosophize with Nasruddin Hodja

You will find as an attached file a text which is 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.
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