The modal world of integrative philosophical counseling

An Editorial Introduction to the first part of a special issue of Synthesis Philosophica on philosophical counseling


It is about 9 a.m. in a COVID-19 ward, in a sickroom with three patients. It is quiet, with a light glaring from the ceiling. Masked, fully protected nurses rush as they connect drips, take temperature, and measure the oxygen level in patients’ blood. There is a constant low whistle of the oxygen streaming through the pipes. Huge cylinders occupy the room, helping the three suffer- ers breathe. I was in this room for eight days, between 15 and 23 December 2020.

I was struggling on edge for a while, my lungs unable to take the oxygen.
In that room, everyone was a philosopher.

The philosophical practice is suited to precisely such situations. It is a way of making philosophy relevant to painful and otherwise significant life events and a methodically rigorous way of rendering philosophy the foundation for integrating various psychotherapeutic interpretations of experience. Philosophical practice comprehensively integrates psychotherapy. In this sense, philosophical practice is the ultimate integration of the previously dissipated schools, methods, concepts, and psychotherapeutic ideas. By applying both the experience gathered through the development of various psychotherapeutic schools based on psychological theories and the wealth of philosophical concepts and traditions, philosophical practice offers a unique and new way of looking at psychic reality. It looks at psychodynamics and applies the ancient wisdom of philosophy to understanding our present-day issues, problems and dilemmas. In this sense, philosophical practice is probably the science of today: today’s practical humanity is based on a fundamental shift in thinking logic. For full text click here.

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