Christopher Phillips has a passion for inquiry — and of a sort that transforms the way we relate to one another, to ourselves, and our world. An acclaimed, bestselling author, noted scholar and specialist in the Socratic Method, he reminds us that we ought to ask questions – “not about any chance question,” as Socrates put it in Plato’s Republic, “but about the way one should live.” He encourages us to roll up our mental sleeves, turn on our childlike questioning lenses, and become our own best thinkers, askers, doers. In a nutshell, Christopher helps people discover their unique stores of wisdom and talents so they can make the most of their mortal moment, and achieve what the Greeks of old called arête, all-around excellence.  

Dr. Phillips — 2014/15 Network Fellow at Harvard University‘s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award, founder of Democracy Cafe, and a recent Senior Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center, as well as senior writing and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania – is a roving ambassador for spearheading initiatives that create more open, inclusive and connected societies. As such, he travels the world over holding dialogues with people of all walks of life. He believes that the process of dialogue and the space of human interaction are good for us as individuals and essential for us as a society. A primary goal of the noted author, entrepreneur, , essayist, activist of a unique sort, consultant  — is to inspire curiosity and wonder, to nurture self-discovery, openness, empathy.

Visit Christopher’s Author’s Page on Facebook. His newest book is Child At Heart: Unlocking Our Creativity, Curiosity and Reason at Every Age and Stage of Life.  Christopher is also a podcast host and an Investment Advisor Representative for Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, so you can also philosophize with him about money – in English or Spanish – he’s a fluent Spanish speaker – as you discuss how to best invest your hard-earned income at this boutique investment advisor firm with a most impressive track record.


Christopher Phillips tiene una pasión por la investigación filosofica y politica, y de una clase que transforma la forma en que nos relacionamos unos con otros, con nosotros mismos y con nuestro mundo. Un autor aclamado, superventas, destacado erudito y especialista en el Método socrático, Dr. Phillips nos recuerda que deberíamos hacer preguntas, “no sobre cualquier pregunta casual”, como lo expresó Sócrates en la República de Platón, “sino sobre la forma en que uno debería vivir”.  Christopher nos convierte a mejores pensadores, preguntadores, hacedores. En pocas palabras, Christopher ayuda a las personas a descubrir sus almacenes únicos de sabiduría y talentos para que puedan aprovechar al máximo su momento mortal y lograr lo que los griegos de la antigüedad llamaron ‘arête’, excelencia integral.

Dr. Phillips – 2014/15 Network Fellow en el Centro de Ética Edmond J. Safra de la Universidad de Harvard, ganador del premio Distinguished American Leadership Award en 2012, fundador de Democracy Cafe and Socrates Group y recientemente miembro senior de educación en el National Constitution Center, así como también como investigador principal e investigador de la Universidad de Pensilvania, es un embajador ambicioso en la vanguardia de iniciativas que crean sociedades más abiertas, inclusivas y conectadas. Como tal, viaja por todo el mundo manteniendo diálogos con personas de todos los ámbitos de la vida. Él cree que el proceso de diálogo y el espacio de interacción humana son buenos para nosotros como individuos y esenciales para nosotros como sociedad. Un objetivo principal del destacado autor, emprendedor, ensayista, activista y consultor es inspirar curiosidad y admiración, nutrir el auto-descubrimiento y la empatía.

Visite la página del autor de Christopher en Facebook. Su libro más nuevo es Niño en el corazón: Destrabando nuestra creatividad, curiosidad y razón en cada edad y etapa de la vida. Christopher también es Representante de Asesor de inversiones para Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, por lo que también puede filosofar con él sobre el dinero (en inglés o español, habla español con fluidez) mientras analiza cómo invertir mejor sus ingresos obtenidos con tanto esfuerzo en esta boutique empresa de asesores de inversiones.

From his acclaimed popular yet scholarly works Constitution Cafe: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution, to his philosophy bestsellers like Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy and Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy, Phillips is a noted author of works for both adults and children. He blends in timeless philosophical meditations as he recounts his travels across the globe, launching everything from philosophical discussion groups to mini-Constitutional Conventions, designed to stimulate inquiry and forge bonds among diverse participants. These conversations reveal surprising points of intersection between classical philosophy, modern life, and the intellectual richness of societies far removed from Western philosophical tradition.

As a workshop presenter and dialogue facilitator, Chris helps those who engage  with him — whether in a large or small group, or one on one — to discover and tap into their unique stores of wisdom and forge stronger connections with one another. This leads to greater flourishing on both individual and societal scales.

To date, through his dialogue initiatives, Chris — a sought after dialogue facilitator trainer, moderator, and consultant — has helped create more than 500 ongoing discussion groups around the world.
In the words of Time magazine, “Socrates Cafés have found a surprisingly large and diverse following.” The subjects under discussion are Life’s Big Questions: love and friendship, work and fulfillment, justice and religion, death and aging, success and failure, goals and ideals.

Phillips has founded both the nonprofit Democracy Cafe and the consulting firm The Socrates Group.

As founder and Executive Director of the nonprofitDemocracy Cafe, Phillips strives to come to a greater understanding of the nature and future of democracy, and to influence its nature and future through signature initiatives such as The Declaration Project and its exciting MyDeclaration component, the long-time global Socrates Cafe movement, and Constitution Cafe, in which he has led spirited exchanges on matters Constitutional across the fruited plain, including Troy Historic Village, Aspen Institute, and the National Constitution Center, where he moderated a wildly popular online Next Ten Amendments crowd-sourcing discourse.

Chris is a popular speaker, presenter, and moderator, and has done keynote events at an array of venues, including the American Leadership Conference, Rutgers University Honors Colloquium,   the Aspen Institute Socrates Seminar, Syracuse University Symposium on the Soul, the Ideas Festival, and Gemini Ink  Breakthrough Thinkers Series. He is represented by The Lyceum Agency.

“A modern-day Socrates who’s chosen the world, not just the agora, for his stage… [with] a model discourse that elevates working lives and reduces intellectualism’s pretentions.”

Richmond Times Dispatch

“To date, Phillips has orchestrated discussions on … Solomonic topics at nursing homes, maximum-security prisons, churches, homeless shelters, bookstores and coffeehouses across the country, gently prodding students, urban professionals, unreconstructed slackers, street people and others to share their worldviews and scrutinize their most basic assumptions.”

Los Angeles Times

“[Socrates Cafe is]  alive with the passions of ordinary people from a dozen cultures, these colloquies dramatize the universality of Socrates’ deeply humanizing concerns…Readers will applaud Phillips for … making philosophy a living enterprise beyond the lecture hall and the faculty lounge.”


“Phillips has combined the approach of Socrates and the wisdom of Jefferson to show us the way.”

Dr. Larry J. Sabato

author of A More Perfect Constitution, Director of, University of Virginia Center for Politics

“We are left hoping that Phillips, by returning to the methods of the first Western philosophers, has created a template for philosophical exploration that many others will emulate”

Christian Science Monitor