Philosophical Practice

Services

As philosophical practitioners, our backgrounds are strongly rooted in many years of training and experience in the higher education and related sectors. We are also members of the APPA, whose guidelines, training and code of ethics we follow closely. The services we offer to our clients include:

Client counselling

The human condition routinely presents us with variety of problems in our lives. For medical problems, we consult physicians; for financial problems, we consult accountants; for legal issues, we consult lawyers; etc. However, many of us face other kinds of problems, too.

The APPA suggests that some problems “involve questions concerning meaning, value, purpose, identity, dignity, autonomy, responsibility, happiness, fulfilment, morality or justice. Other problems involve dilemmas, relationships, conflicts with oneself or others, or a need to understand things more clearly.

Everyone has a philosophy of life, which is their guide to living. Sometimes one’s life is not all it could be or should be, because one’s philosophy is not all it could be or should be.” By way of rational dialogue and examination philosophical practitioners can help you evaluate your reality, your standpoints, and your philosophy of living.

We believe that it is through evaluation and understanding that many instances of both internal and external conflict may be resolved or managed successfully.

Group facilitation

Philosophical practitioners work with groups mainly in two kinds of ways: informally, and formally. We have many years of experience in both. Informal facilitation usually takes place in more casual gatherings such as a “philosophy café” or unofficial group forum. This is not a philosophy class or lecture – it is an open, thoughtful dialogue.

The facilitator is there to guide the discussion in a philosophical direction, perhaps asking pertinent questions and allowing free exploration of the issue at hand. Hosting groups often pre-select topics but, sometimes, these are suggested by the group in an impromptu fashion at the event. Either way, the group remains the primary driver of content.

Points of conversation may range from “What is gender?” to “How should society think about public health?” to “What is anti-racism?” or “How do we define love?” These informal public discussions are usually quite dynamic and interesting. As observed by the APPA: “People from all walks of life exchange all points of view. Participants have to think for themselves, defend their opinions, and challenge the opinions of others. There is bound to be passionate disagreement, but there is also attentiveness and civility.”

Organizational consulting

Following the service offerings of the APPA, “most philosophical consulting is based on a single premise: that virtuous organisations function better than vicious ones. Virtuous organisations provide better workplaces for their employees, foster better relations among their employees, and therefore generate better relations with their clients. That’s better for everybody, and better for business too.”

Because we have extensive organisational experience, particularly with regard to the policy-politics-practice matrix, we can help members of organisations minimise their weak points and maximise their good qualities. This may take place in the form of policy or implementation sessions; ethical reasoning and decision-making workshops, or trainings in appropriate areas as requested by the organisers.

Educational Programmes

Unfortunately, most people are not exposed to philosophy during their various educational and lived experiences. Philosophical practitioners help to bridge that gap, making philosophy relevant to the many informal and formal life projects on which we may embark.

Philosophical practitioners often offer educational outreach, for example via philosophy for children, philosophy for high-school students, as well as support for students at colleges and universities, or members of organisations, who would like this unique learning experience.

Guest presentations

Practitioners often fill the role of author and speaker, having usually being affiliated to academia. Generally, they may be asked to present on their work or simply about a philosophical topic related to everyday life. To arrange a talk or presentation, please contact one of the practitioners.

Client counselling

The human condition routinely presents us with variety of problems in our lives. For medical problems, we consult physicians; for financial problems, we consult accountants; for legal issues, we consult lawyers; etc. However, many of us face other kinds of problems, too. The APPA suggests that some problems “involve questions concerning meaning, value, purpose, identity, dignity, autonomy, responsibility, happiness, fulfilment, morality or justice. Other problems involve dilemmas, relationships, conflicts with oneself or others, or a need to understand things more clearly. Everyone has a philosophy of life, which is their guide to living. Sometimes one’s life is not all it could be or should be, because one’s philosophy is not all it could be or should be.” By way of rational dialogue and examination philosophical practitioners can help you evaluate your reality, your standpoints, and your philosophy of living. We believe that it is through evaluation and understanding that many instances of both internal and external conflict may be resolved or managed successfully.

Group facilitation

Philosophical practitioners work with groups mainly in two kinds of ways: informally, and formally. We have many years of experience in both. Informal facilitation usually takes place in more casual gatherings such as a “philosophy café” or unofficial group forum. This is not a philosophy class or lecture – it is an open, thoughtful dialogue. The facilitator is there to guide the discussion in a philosophical direction, perhaps asking pertinent questions and allowing free exploration of the issue at hand. Hosting groups often pre-select topics but, sometimes, these are suggested by the group in an impromptu fashion at the event. Either way, the group remains the primary driver of content. Points of conversation may range from “What is gender?” to “How should society think about public health?” to “What is anti-racism?” or “How do we define love?” These informal public discussions are usually quite dynamic and interesting. As observed by the APPA: “People from all walks of life exchange all points of view. Participants have to think for themselves, defend their opinions, and challenge the opinions of others. There is bound to be passionate disagreement, but there is also attentiveness and civility.”

Organizational consulting

Following the service offerings of the APPA, “most philosophical consulting is based on a single premise: that virtuous organisations function better than vicious ones. Virtuous organisations provide better workplaces for their employees, foster better relations among their employees, and therefore generate better relations with their clients. That’s better for everybody, and better for business too.” Because we have extensive organisational experience, particularly with regard to the policy-politics-practice matrix, we can help members of organisations minimise their weak points and maximise their good qualities. This may take place in the form of policy or implementation sessions; ethical reasoning and decision-making workshops, or trainings in appropriate areas as requested by the organisers.

Educational Programmes

Unfortunately, most people are not exposed to philosophy during their various educational and lived experiences. Philosophical practitioners help to bridge that gap, making philosophy relevant to the many informal and formal life projects on which we may embark. Philosophical practitioners often offer educational outreach, for example via philosophy for children, philosophy for high-school students, as well as support for students at colleges and universities, or members of organisations, who would like this unique learning experience.

Guest presentations

Practitioners often fill the role of author and speaker, having usually being affiliated to academia. Generally, they may be asked to present on their work or simply about a philosophical topic related to everyday life. To arrange a talk or presentation, please contact one of the practitioners.