Zoran Kojcic

Zoran Kojcic

I am a philosophical practitioner and counsellor, founding president of Croatian Society for Philosophical Practice, where we organize philosophical cafes and workshops, Socratic walks, dialogues with individuals, and where we strive to develop many other methods in the future. I also teach ethics and literature in schools, write papers, and manage blogs on philosophical practice. I am now looking for PhD opportunities in the field.

Blog: https://reddwarfandphilosophy.wordpress.com

E mail: zorankojcic@gmail.com

After Plato, almost every philosopher wrote only in myths. They wrote a story about what they believed the world or the universe were composed of, up until today, when academic philosophers write stories about other philosophers' stories and call them original papers or books. So, for the general public, philosophers are usually connected with serious thinking, contemplation, sitting behind large desks and writing.

At first, I thought that problem solving was the main goal of philosophical counselling. A few years later, I've encountered this question: “What is philosophical in philosophical counselling?” and I went back to think about what is philosophy.

Plato was the first to say that philosophy begins with wonder, and I can connect my own first personal experience with philosophy when I wondered about many things. But I can't describe the feeling when I first shared those thoughts with others, after I first uttered thoughts into words – it was mind-blowing, I felt free as never before.

Is philosophy a contemplative or conversational discipline? Can we philosophize on our own, or are we bound to others? When does philosophizing actually occur?

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