This volume presents the state of the art of philosophical practice worldwide from the perspectives of leading philosophical practitioners, both counselors and institutional consultants. Philosophical practice has developed in different directions in different parts of the world, with the focus in Europe and North America being mostly on client counseling and corporate consultancy, while in Asia it is more community-based and more closely aligned with psychotherapy. In all cases, philosophical practitioners strive to transcend the boundaries of academic philosophy and reach out to the public, to corporations, to the policy makers, to the medical, legal and many other professions. The chapters of this book illustrate both the breadth of philosophical practice and its various methodological directions, while, at the same time, showing how philosophy can be relevant to everyday life, not just for individuals, but for the economy, the government, international organizations, the helping and therapeutic professions, and the educational system. The volume is primarily a companion for students of applied philosophy on all levels, as well as for modern psychotherapists, educational professionals and academics. It is designed to support a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in philosophy and applied psychology, ranging from ancient ethics to philosophical practice sui generis, or to the philosophy of psychology.
Aleksandar Fatić is Professor of Philosophy at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade, and Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Media and Communications at Singidunum University in Belgrade. His research focuses on applied philosophy, particularly applied ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of security, philosophy of psychiatry, and philosophical practice. Aleksandar is President of the Serbian Philosophical Practitioners Association (SPPA), and Fellow and Certified Philosophical Practitioner at the American Association of Philosophical Practitioners. His publications are numerous and are all listed at his personal website: www.aleksandarfatic.net.
Lydia Amir is Visiting Professor at Tufts University, Boston, USA, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the College of Management Academic Studies, Israel, and Adjunct Researcher at the Institute of Advanced Humanistic Studies at Hubei University, Wuhan, China. She is an experienced philosophical counselor certified by the American Association of Philosophical Practitioners, board editor of Philosophical Practice and the European Journal of Humor Research, and editor of the Israeli Journal of Humor Research: An International Journal. She has published on ethics, the history of philosophy, the practice of philosophy and the philosophy of humor. She is currently preparing a monograph Laughter and the Good Life: Montaigne, Nietzsche, Santayana, which is a sequel to her latest book Humor and the Good Life in Modern Philosophy: Shaftesbury, Hamann, Kierkegaard. Lydia is Founding-President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Humor.
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