International Masterclass

“The philosophical conversation”

Altea (Spain), 25-27 October 2024

Facilitated by Kristof Van Rossem (B) and Dr Ann S. Pihlgren (S)

Practical aspects


25-27 October 2024


Hotel Cap Negret, Altea

Take a look at this great hotel HERE. 

How much?

Participation in the conference costs 350€ excl. 21% VAT (if invoice required).

When you enroll between 1st of July and the 30th of August 24, you pay € 275,- excl. 21% vat


When you enroll before the 1st of July 24, you pay € 250,- excl. 21% vat

Included in the price:

  • The book ‘The Philosophical Conversation. The basics. (JohnHuntPublishers, 2024)
  • The workshops in Cap Negret
  • Aperitif on Saturday evening

If you have for a good reason a lack of money, get in touch

To book the accommodation for a single or double room, send an email to Kjell Pihlgren :

Last booking date is 14th of October. After that date, no further inscriptions will be allowed.

A certificate of participation will be provided.

Minimum: 8 participants
Maximum: 35 participants

What will you learn?

In the seminar, you’ll learn:

  • to practise the maieutic attitude (Socratic midwifery) and to control empathy
  • to set up and to lead a philosophical conversation in small and in larger groups.
  • to be creative using 3 different styles in conducting a philosophical conversation : the ‘standard’ light style of  facilitating described in the book ‘the philosophical conversation’, the Socratic Method, the COPI style.
  • to further develop your own style of facilitation.

We follow the structure and the guidelines from the book, that you will get as course material.

Is it something for you? 

This seminar is ideal for you when

  • you want to know the basics of what constitutes a good philosophical dialogue.
  • you want to practise philosophical dialogues in the presence of experienced people.
  • you want to discuss cases and theories about philosophical dialogues in your own country or context.

What’s the program? 

Friday 25th of October :

Optional :

18.00 : Get-to-know each other dinner

20.00 – 22.00 : Pre-conference gathering and first exchange of exercises

Saturday 26th of October

9.00 : Coffee and tee

9.15 – 9.45 : rearmirror : what do you want to bring from yesterday?

9u45- 10.45 : Opening and lecture by Dr. Ann S. Pihlgren : ‘The importance of Philosophical Conversations in Education’ Followed by comments of Kristof and Q&A from the public

10.45 : break

11.00 – 12.15 : workshop by Dr. Ann S. Pihlgren and her students.

12.15-12.45 : plenary philocafé about the morning session led by Kristof

13.00 : Lunch

14.30 : Exercises in Socratic questioning and listening by Kristof

18.00 : Apero + dinner

Sunday 27th of October :

9.00 : coffee and tea

9.15-9.45 : rearmirror : what do you want to bring from yesterday?

9.45 : Workshop part 1. How to facilitate philosophical conversations in a group. Demonstration by Ann and Kristof of three different methods. Critical comments by the participants.

12.00 : How to build a Community of Inquiry in a high-tech classroom? A vision on the objectives of philosophical dialogues in classrooms : critical comments

12.45 : Lunch

14.00 : Workshops part 2. Taking turns in leading variants of philosophical conversations in group or with an individual.

17.00 : Back to everyday life : tips and tricks about special cases in organizations

18.00 : Farewell drink


Kristof Van Rossem (B) is Master in Science of religions and Master in philosophy. He works as an independent trainer in different organisational settings. He is specialized in the art of questioning and in applying variations of Socratic dialogue in reflection- and coaching processes. He is leading an annual training course in Socratic dialogue facilitation at the ISVW (International School for Philosophy – Leusden, the Netherlands). He is teacher in Business Ethics at Odisee University College of Brussels and he is teacher trainer in the department of philosophy of the University of Leuven.

Ann S. Pihlgren (SE) is PhD and research leader at Ignite Research Institute. She has previously worked as a teacher, principal, head of administration, quality developer, teacher trainer, school politician and director of studies at Stockholm University. Ann’s main research interest is children’s thinking, language and interaction and its didactic consequences.

Background Literature:

How to lead a Socratic Dialogue by Kristof van Rossem in: Detlef Staude & Eckart Ruschmann eds. Understanding the other and oneself (2018)

The Philosophical Conversation. The Basics by Kristof Van Rossem (London: John Hunt Publishers, 2024)

Socrates in the Classroom. Rationales and effects of philosophising with children by Ann Pihlgren (Stockholm University Editions, 2008)

Undervisa! Didaktiska nycklar för läraren (Teach! Didactic keys for the teatcher) by Ann Pihlgren (ed.) (Malmö: Gleerups, 2024).


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