To philosophize means to orient oneself in a challenging reality. The phil.COLOGNE philosophy festival would like to do just that together with you: reflect, acknowledge complexities, question your own point of view and perhaps create the conditions to look positively into the future. For the twelfth time, we are celebrating exchange and thinking.
We would like to thank all guests who enrich this unique festival of ideas with their words and thoughts and all partners who make such a forum possible.

We are looking forward to the following events, among others: Navid Kermani and Natan Sznaider talk about war and peace in the troubled Middle East,

Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann discusses the role of Europe in a changing world order with Florian Schroeder, Robert Menasse outlines European visions of the future beyond nations, and Eva Illouz talks about the situation in Israel after 7. October 2023.
The festival will also focus on Immanuel Kant: Lea Ypi, Omri Boehm and Daniel Kehlmann as well as Markus Gabriel and Karina Theurer talk about the legacy and topicality of the Königsberg thinker.

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A trip to the capital is worthwhile at the end of June. Together with "Philosophie Magazin", we are organizing the philosophy festival Philo.live! in Berlin on 29 June. You can find the program at philolive.de.

All books about phil.COLOGNE
can be found in our festival bookshop.

KlasseDenken / ClassThoughts

The aim of KlasseDenken is to get people talking to each other and create a space in which current discourse and philosophical topics can be discussed. Philosophy provides inspiration for our individual and social coexistence and for shaping our future. The topics are as fundamental as they are complex and are always discussed in an age-appropriate way. The KlasseDenken program is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

Are there pupils in your class who need financial support? Thanks to the "Ein Herz Lacht" foundation, you can apply to have the costs covered when you register.



phil.COLOGNE has been actively promoting the participation of people with disabilities for several years. There are many different barriers that prevent people with disabilities from participating in cultural life in a normal way. In order to change this, phil.COLOGNE offers a number of accessible events every year.

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Program 2024 (PDF)

Udo Keller Stiftung Forum Romanum
Identity Foundation
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