The Agora website was founded in 2014 by Ran Lahav and Carmen Zavala in order to offer philosophical resources to philosophical practitioners around the world, and to anybody who wants to explore what philosophy can contribute to our everyday life.
I am a philosophical practitioner and philosophical counselor. I grew up in Israel, and in 1989 received my doctorate in philosophy and Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, USA. After teaching at a university in Texas for several years, I joined the field of philosophical practice in 1992. The field was still very small, and I helped expanding it by initiating and co-organizing the First International Conference of Philosophical Practice in 1994, by publishing books and articles, and by giving numerous lectures and workshops around the world. I also gave the first university course in the world on philosophical counseling, at Haifa University in Israel, a course which I continued teaching for fifteen years. I now live in relative isolation in rural Vermont, USA, but I frequently travel to give presentations in countries around the world.
I am a philosopher and philosophical practitioner with a doctorate in philosophy from San Marcos National University in Peru. Until recently I had have been teaching philosophy for many years at several state universities in Lima.
In 1997 I founded in Lima, together with 3 other philosophers, the philosophy center Buho Rojo in a house that belongs to my family. The center, devoted to philosophical practice, has been active ever since.
In April 1998 we started giving in Buho Rojo a weekly philosophical café to the general public free of charge, which we continue giving to the present day. Throughout the years we have organized various philosophical workshops and retreat, as well as national and international conferences on philosophical practice.
In 2001 we founded the Peruvian Society of Philosophical Counseling and Philosophical Practice of which I have been the General Secretary.
In the first few years we also offered intensive philosophical activities designed for school children. Through the Society we organized two Philosophy Olympics for school children from all over Peru, with the sponsorship of the Department of Philosophy of San Marcos University and the Peruvian Ministry of Education.
In 2009 I gave a popular philosophical Internet video program, Filosofía al Día, together with several philosopher friends. The program was inspired by the vision of spreading philosophical reflection to all people.I currently live in Lima and earn my living as a sworn translator (Spanish-German). In our philosophy house Buho Rojo I continue organizing the weekly philosophical cafés on Saturday evenings, and from time to time I organize philosophical workshops on other weekdays, as well as philosophical retreats that explore various aspects to philosophical practice. I also design philosophy websites and videos that are intended to make philosophical practice accessible to as many people as possible.
More information about me: zavala.de/carmen