PHILOSOPHICAL COUNSELLING: CONCEPTS, METHODS & DEBATES
Jan 14 -16, 2022
University of Delhi
Department of Education
Considering the uncertain travel conditions and possible lockdowns due to the new variants of the COVID-19 virus, the conference will now be conducted Online only. Meeting links will be shared through emails.
Considering the interdisciplinary nature of philosophical counselling, this conference aims to educate about and discuss theoretical and methodical aspects of philosophical counselling.
The aim of this conference is to bring philosophical counsellors together from around the world to share their experience through a series of sessions that will help in understanding what philosophical counselling is. These sessions shall enable us to understand the intellectual nuances of this field and how it can be practised innovatively to address contemporary human concerns.
Philosophy, which deals with the fundamental questions about life, is not given much space in public life in contemporary times. Philosophy encompasses various domains that specialize in exploring diverse modes of understanding human life. It is paradoxical that though the quest for its novel forms is increasing, something that is foundational to all forms and perspectives of knowledge is being neglected to the core. This has forced us to think about the essential realities of life, and many have realized the importance of philosophical works. Philosophy needs to be taken into public life. Such is the idea of philosophical practice, and those who do it are called philosophical practitioners.
Philosophical practice has been expanding for the last fifty years around the world. It started in Germany and later moved towards other European and western countries. It is time to strengthen philosophical practice in India as well. There are different existent ways of applying philosophical knowledge which include, but are not limited to, Philosophy Cafés, Philo dramas etc.
One such significant endeavour is Philosophical Counselling, which attempts to support those who require a philosopher to address their concerns. Philosophical Counselling is a contemporary counselling approach where the concerns of the counsellee (client) are addressed via different philosophical tools, enabling clients to cultivate what may be described as their inner philosopher. It is an integrated process of humanistic practice and rationality. Often, this process works through an extensive exchange of dialogues and discussions about clients' beliefs, actions, values, purposes, and commitments.
Philosophical Counselling through Indian Philosophy