Find out about Philosophy

When I’ve asked clients what they think Philosophy is, these are some of their answers:

  • Thinking about thinking
  • The pursuit of Truth
  • Examining life
  • Ethics – exploring what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’
  • Rules to live by
  • How everything ‘fits together’
  • Knowledge and Wisdom
  • Questions about life, the universe and everything
  • Reflecting on Life

These answers are not far from the truth. For Pythagoras, a philosopher was a ‘lover of wisdom.’ Certainly, the earliest philosophers inquired about how the world worked. While some were interested in the composition of the universe, Socrates moved attention to human beings. For example, how we lived, our values, and what it meant to live a good life, were concerns.

Just like today, thinkers would discuss topics like love, suffering, emotions and ethics. There were theories about how to deal with life’s misfortunes. These included lost loves, anger, disappointment, grief and death. Philosophers talked about ‘healing the soul’ and ‘living well.’ Since those ancient times, times Philosophy has developed in various ways.

On the one hand, some areas have become obscure and hard to understand, locked in the academic cupboards of jargon. On the other, Philosophy’s concern for ‘healing the soul’ is evident in many approaches to mental health. Its methodology is foundational to all forms of counselling, psychiatry and psychology.

In recent times, Philosophy has been reclaimed to enhance the lives of ordinary people. Besides being an academic study, you will find it in healing, work and education. For example, programmes such as Philosophy for Children and Philosophy Cafes promote discussion and reflective thinking skills.

Philosophical Counsellors have revived Philosophy’s ancient art of healing, using it to relieve suffering and distress.

Courses

Adults, children and teachers can do philosophy. Attending a course expands your horizons and brings a new and exciting dimension to life. Check the course links under the Philosophy tag above for details of our courses.

See also downloadable PDFs:

About Philosophy 2019
Socrates and the Examined Life

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