The practice of organizing philosophical cafes started in France during the 90`s when philosopher Marc Sauté in 1992 started regularly gathering acquaintances in order to discuss a philosophical subject. His intention was to include a broad number of people in philosophical discussions, as philosophy from one practical discipline in time became a subject that interests only a small number of highly educated people.
Participation in filocafe doesn’t require any knowledge of philosophy. Concept of filocafe is founded on idea that „regular“ people, or people that don’t have certain philosophical knowledge, should be enabled to take part in discussions in subjects that interest them publicly, and that can be in cafe/bar, restaurant, library, or any other suitable place.
Discussion is important as it enables us to look at the discussed subject from different sides and therefore to better understand it. Discussion within filocafe is based on concrete philosophical methods. The philosophical practitioner leading the filocafe contributes to the discussion by asking questions or by giving philosophical interpretations, and his/her task is to enhance the dialog. Basically there is no limit to determining subjects of philosophical cafe. It can be formulated as “What is the meaning of life?”, “Is it right to lie sometimes?” or “What is true love?”…
Filocafe is today the most widespread method of philosophical practice in the world.