Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:00

1. Contemplating or conversing

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

Contemplating an idea, a concept or any other thought has long been considered as philosophical in its nature, but can philosophy really be done in such a way? Are we philosophizing if we wonder on our own, or when we converse with others?

When practicing philosophy, we need others. Whether we work with individuals or groups, we are always oriented towards others, we listen to their stories and we lead a dialogue with them or facilitate their conversation. In this exchange of ideas, thoughts, concepts, our clients, guests, participants tell their stories or engage in a dialogue. If we allow them to tell a story, to speak on their own, we allow them to express their Mythos. If we engage in a dialogue with them, we follow logic and allow Logos to take place. Which of these two can be considered as philosophical, or can both be considered as such? Which image of a philosopher do you prefer – the one where he/she is alone in a room surrounded by books (thinking), or the one where he/she is among other people (conversing)?

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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