Christopher Phillips

Soul of Goodness - Christopher Phillips

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Soul of Goodness

In this personal and probing book with profoundly universal life lessons, the acclaimed ‘philosopher for the people’ shares lessons gleaned from his intimate and often unexpected encounters with uncommonly perceptive human beings both living and long deceased, in the form of weary travelers and some of history’s greatest thinkers, from Heraclitus to Dr. Cornel West.

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Christopher Phillips has devoted his life to fomenting civil discourse, and of a kind that enables the most diverse people to discover uncommon common ground and become far more involved in the civic sphere as a result.

His sundry but entwined intiatives – including Socrates Cafe, Democracy Cafe, Constitution Cafe, Philosophers’ Club, Cafe for Shakespeare, as well as other unique civil discourse/freedom of expression programs and centers he tailors for colleges and communities — are of a sort that transforms the way we relate to one another, to ourselves, and our world.

Little wonder the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author and noted scholar, open society advocate and entrepreneur is widely recognized and acclaimed the world over.

The towering publish intellectual, Dr. Cornel West, extols Dr. Phillips as “the greatest living embodiment of the Socratic spirit.” Dr. West foreword to Christopher’s newest book, Soul of Goodness, include these soul-stirring words:  “This textual gem of the heart, mind, soul, and body is an intellectual feast and existential blues song of he who decided to be true to his Socratic calling and empty himself of his divine and human gifts in the open streets of the world to enrich the precious lives of us all.”

Christopher 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 of a sort in which duty to self and others goes hand in glove.

Dr. Phillips has been Network Fellow at Harvard University‘s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, was 2012 recipient of the Distinguished American Leadership Award, and founded the nonprofit Democracy Cafe  — its flagship Socrates Cafe initiative is a global phenomenon — dedicated to making ours a more connected, understanding and participatory world in which ‘civility’ is an outcome rather than a prerequisite. He is co-founder of the entrepreneurial endeavor Socrates Group, the first ever Senior Education Fellow at the National Constitution Center, and has been senior writing and research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

In all he aspires to do, Dr. Phillips is a roving ambassador for spearheading initiatives and forums that create more open, inclusive and connected societies in which all matter and count. As such, he travels the world over convening inquiries with people of all walks of life. He believes that the process of inquiry and the space of human interaction are beneficial to our well-being as individuals and essential for us as a society. A primary goal of the noted author entrepreneur,  essayist, activist, consultant  — is to inspire curiosity and wonder, to nurture self-discovery, openness, empathy.

Visit Christopher’s Author’s Page on Facebook. Christopher is also a host of our Cafe Aretista and Invisible People Cafe programs, among others, and he is an Investment Advisor Representative, with a specialty in Sustainable, Responsible Impact (SRI) Investments, for Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, so you can even 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. He also holds one-on-one philosophical inquiries to advance what he calls ‘philotherapy,’ a kind of depth philosophy that can make one more insightful, understanding and thoughtfu

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Christopher Phillips tiene una pasión por la investigación filosofica y politica,  -de la clase  que transforma la manera en que nos relacionamos unos con otros, con nosotros mismos y con nuestro mundo. Un autor bestseller aclamado, 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 anima a pulir nuestro pensamiento, a interrogar como niños, y a conviertirnos en mejores pensadores, cuestionadores, hacedores. En pocas palabras, Christopher ayuda a las personas a descubrir su sabiduría única y sus talentos para que puedan aprovechar al máximo su momento mortal y lograr lo que los griegos de la antigüedad llamaron ‘arête’, excelencia integral.

El 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 escritor 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. 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 la capacidad de admiración, nutrir el auto-descubrimiento y la empatía.

Visite la página del autor Christopher en Facebook. Christopher también es Representante Asesor de inversiones para Martin Capital Advisors, LLP, por lo que también puede filosofar con él sobre finanzas (en inglés o español, ya que habla español con fluidez) mientras analiza cómo invertir mejor sus ingresos obtenidos con tanto esfuerzo en esta empresa boutique de asesores de inversiones.


From his critically acclaimed Constitution Cafe: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution, to his philosophy international bestsellers like Socrates Cafe: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy and Six Questions of Socrates: A Modern Day Journey of Discovery through World Philosophy, Christopher Phillips, PhD is a noted author of books for both adults and children, and for both popular and scholarly audiences. He blends timeless philosophical meditations with his Socratic sojourns across the globe, designed to stimulate inquiry, discover uncommon common ground, and forge lasting bonds among diverse participants. His dialogues into timely and timeless questions reveal surprising points of intersection between classical philosophy, modern life, and the intellectual richness of societies far removed from Western philosophical tradition.

Dialogue Expert

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 co-founded with Dennis K. Dienst the consulting firm Socrates Group.

Democracy Activist

As founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit Democracy Cafe, Phillips strives to come to a greater understanding of the nature and future of open societies, and to influence its nature and future through signature initiatives such as The Declaration Project and its 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 popular online Next Ten Amendments crowd-sourcing discourse.


Christopher is a dynamic, sought-after speaker, presenter, and moderator, and has presided over 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. To book Dr. Phillips for an event, you can contact him directly at