Monday, 02 February 2015 19:00

2. Practicing philosophy: Making love with wisdom

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In my last reflection I concluded that if love is something we can feel, then also the love of wisdom, as a literal translation of the term philosophy, must be something we can feel.

I am aware that this line of thought sounds rather peculiar when it is about to define philosophy or philosophical practice. Nevertheless, let’s go along with it for a moment:

If love makes us feel attracted, committed, passionate etc. then do we, as practitioners, when doing philosophy, feel attracted, passionate, committed to wisdom?

We know what the expression “to make love” means. In its essence it is about uniting and connecting. Let’s reframe this term into the context of philosophical practice:

What are we actually doing, when “making love of wisdom” so to say,when practicing philo-sophia? With what or whom are we uniting and connecting?


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Michael N. Weiss

I work as a philosophical practitioner in Norway, Austria and Switzerland, and am a board member of the Norwegian Society for Philosophical Practice. Having a post-graduate education in Philosophical Practice and a doctor degree in philosophy, I lecture on philosophical practice, applied ethics and dialogue methodologies at different universities and education centers.

As a philosophical practitioner I work mainly with groups, and my interests in the field are methodologies for self-knowledge, self-development and self-transcendence. This interest in methodologies made me initiate and edit the book-project "The Socratic Handbook", in which 34 philosophical practitioners from 20 countries present different dialogue tools and techniques for philosophical practice.

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