Ran Lahav is a philosophical practitioner and philosophical counselor with a PhD in philosophy and MA of psychology from the University of Michigan. For more than 20 years he has been working extensively with individuals and groups, organizing workshops and conferences, and writing. He now lives quietly in rural Vermont, USA, and occasionally emerges for philosophical activities around the world.

Being a Wave in the Ocean - Philosophical Contemplation

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A philosophical theory cannot touch human reality in the same way that human reality is real for me. Reality is real to me not as a theory. If I want to understand human reality as fully and deeply as I can, I must go beyond theories. I can use philosophical theories as a tool to...
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What is deep?

What is deep?
We often say: "This is a profound idea," or "She was lost in deep thoughts," or "It touched me deeply," or "He is a profound person," or "She had a deep spiritual experience," or "He is deeply attached to his mother," or "We were in deep trouble," or "I was deeply disturbed," and...
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How Philosophy is Changing my Life

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Philosophy has changed my life because for me, philosophy is not just abstract ideas. Abstract ideas can make me think abstract thoughts, but not much more. Philosophy can change life because philosophy is also an attitude. Or, maybe we should say: Philosophy CAN be an attitude. ...
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ON DEEP THINKING

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ON DEEP THINKING (Miranda and her Philosophical Trio)   “Yesterday,” Miranda tells Linda, “I had a strange experience reading the philosophical text you gave us. A marvelous experience. I’m not sure how to understand it.” Linda looks at her with her little smile. “Tell us ab...
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Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 7)

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PHILOSOPHY AND THE MANY VOICES OF LIFE Every day, Miranda takes a few minutes to contemplate on a philosophical text. This morning she contemplates on a text by the Swiss thinker Max Picard [See Agora’s “Topics” page, August 2015, PhiloPratice.org]. After a short centering exerci...
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MIRANDA AND HER PHILOSOPHICAL TRIO (Chapter 6)

MIRANDA AND HER PHILOSOPHICAL TRIO (Chapter 6)
THE “LANGUAGE” OF MY YEARNING In the days that follow the Philosophical Trio meeting [see previous chapter], Miranda is full of thoughts. The Trio had identified several concepts in Miranda’s way of thinking, and now she keeps thinking about them: - Below or above the floor of li...
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MIRANDA AND HER PHILOSOPHICAL TRIO (Chapter 5)

MIRANDA AND HER PHILOSOPHICAL TRIO (Chapter 5)
MIRANDA DISCOVERS NEW MEANINGS After Miranda tells her Trio friends about her “bubble” of insight (See previous chapter), Linda, the philosophical facilitator, suggests thinking about this insight with the help of a philosophical text. She goes to the pile of papers on her desk, ...
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MIRANDA AND HER PHILOSOPHICAL TRIO (Chapter 4)

MIRANDA AND HER PHILOSOPHICAL TRIO (Chapter 4)
LETTING OUR BABY-IDEAS GROW For several days, Miranda continues thinking about the insight she had while contemplating on Bergson’s text. [See Chapter 3]. Bergson’s image of leaves on the water suggested to her that she is living on the surface. She wants to change herself, but s...
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Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 3)

Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 3)
Chapter 3: MIRANDA DECIDES TO CHANGE In the morning, after breakfast, Miranda sits in her armchair, holding a page in her hand. This is what Linda, the philosophical facilitator, had asked them to do this week – to reflect every morning on a text by the French philosopher Henri B...
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Invitation to a Philosophical-Contemplative retreat in Italy

Invitation to a Philosophical-Contemplative retreat in Italy
Invitation to a unique retreat of philosophical-contemplation In the spirit of silence, reflection, and philosophical togetherness   Liguria (northwest Italy) between April 28-May 2   Come and leave at your own free time Free participation (except for your food)   ...
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Philosophy is not about truth (John Powys)

Philosophy is not about truth (John Powys)
For me, philosophy is not about discovering THE TRUTH. Philosophy is about giving voice to the many different voices of life and reality. So last night I was delighted to find the following passage in the masterpiece novel Wolf Solent by John Powys (1872-1963), the English philos...
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Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 1)

Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 1)
Miranda is sitting alone in her room, holding the philosophical text which her philosophical practitioner had given her. Today, like always, she is extremely busy – work, family, cleaning, buying – but she is forcing herself to devote five minutes to do her philosophical “homewor...
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Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 2)

Miranda and her Philosophical Trio (Chapter 2)
It’s the second weekly meeting of the Philosophical Trio, and Miranda is glad to see again her two new companions. Linda, the philosopher and facilitator, invites David and Miranda to share their experiences from last week’s reading of Martin Foss’ text on death (AGORA, October 2...
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Precious texts on Agora

Precious texts on Agora
I look at Agora’s “Topics” section – it has so many beautiful philosophical texts from 2500 years of Western philosophy. I go through the monthly pages, month by month, and I see texts by famous philosophers and forgotten philosophers, poetic philosophers and logical ones, ancien...
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Philosophy and self-transformation

Philosophy and self-transformation
Throughout history, many important Western philosophers discussed how philosophy can help transform our lives. Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Spinoza, Rousseau, Nietzsche, Bergson, and many many others – they all believed that philosophy is not just for intellectual interest. They belie...
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Why is "Deep" so important?

Why is "Deep" so important?
In my book Handbook of Philosophical Companionships (2016), I say: “ We contemplate because we treasure profound ideas and profound understandings in togetherness. We cherish the profound, just as in music we cherish the beautiful, and in cooking we cherish the tasty. Profoundnes...
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