"Philosophy is not a theory but an activity." – Wittgenstein

Philosophical Practice

Philosophy is something one can live and practice every day. In ancient Greece, philosophers walked about the streets of Athens, questioning and talking with everyone, living according to their own deeply examined beliefs. The contemporary version of this ancient practice is philosophical counseling. In philosophical counseling we use the tools of philosophy—reason, reflection, examination—to find solutions to whatever might be troubling you, whether it is an ethical dilemma, a relationship issue, or a general feeling of unhappiness or dissatisfaction.

While philosophical counseling seeks to enhance your ability to conceptualize and to address personal issues in greater depth, it is not cheerless seriousness. There is humor in the human condition, and, as Wittgenstein observed, humor gives us a unique perspective on the world. At the height of laughter (which Hobbes calls "sudden glory"), the world is given an axial turn, catapulting us out of our normal orbit, out of our old, familiar thought patterns, and into the realm of new possibilities.