17th International Conference on Philosophical Practice

Sophia, Counseling and Intercultural Philosophical Dialogue

June 5-8, 2023, Timișoara, Romania

The Romanian Association of Philosophical and Ethical Counseling

in partnership with Romanian Academy – Timisoara Branch & CRIFST Timișoara

are honored to organize in Romania the 17th International Conference on Philosophical Practice.

Conference Committee:        

Vasile Hategan (Romania) (chairman), Florin Lobonț (vice chairman), Gerd Achenbach (Germany), Sergey Borisov (Russia), Mike Roth (Germany), Lou Marinoff (USA), Maria daVenza Tillmanns (USA), Lydia Amir (Israel), Ora Gruengard (Israel), Jose Barrientos Rastrojo (Spain), Neri Pollastri (Italy), Marinelli Gincarlo (Italy), Aleksandar Fatic (Serbia), Michael Weiss ( Norway), Finn Thorbjørn Hansen (Denmark), David Sumiacher (Argentina), André de Almeida (Brazil), Constantinos Anatasopolus (Greece), Young E. Rhee (Korea), Detlef Staude (Switzerland), Balaganapathi Devarakonda (India), Tulsa Jansson (Sweden).

Dear colleagues!

The Organizing Committee of the Conference, taking into account the wishes of the participants in ICPP 2021

and representatives of the Philosophical Practitioners associations,

decided that the next conference will be hosted by Romanian Association Of Philosophical Counselors.


Organizing Committee of ICPP 2023.

The main objective:

In philosophical practice, the “academic” model, centered around the presence of the self-sufficient philosopher as the first reality of philosophy, is relegated to a subsidiary, informing, philosophical level. The modus philosophandi in which inquiry is a solitary contemplative process is replaced with modes of thinking inspired by the pragmatist belief that only in communication philosophy – constituted as co-philosophizing – acquires authentic reality. This relatively recently rediscovered attitude is also deeply rooted in dialectic as defined by Aristotle, which demands the presence of fellow co-inquirers – as lovers of sophia – with whom one establishes the shared points in an argumentation, and understands their community element as a major type of philosophical companionship.

Timisoara is the capital of a region known as one of the most diverse ethnic, religious and cultural melting pots of Europe, a crossroads and a bridging land between Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, where nearly 20 ethno-linguistic groups live or lived together peacefully over the centuries. This multiculturalism allowed mutual acceptance and cooperation and laid the groundwork for intercultural dialogue and brought Timisoara the title of European Capital of Culture for 2023. As in philosophical counseling and consultancy meanings do not pre-exist dialogue, we are confident that there are very few places in the world where the century-old heritage diversity can better fuel the philosophical practice debates inspired by interculturality than Timisoara.