Philosophical Appreciative Counselling

Philosophical Practice: Journal of The APPA– Copyright © 2011


PAGES | 785-792      

LANGUAGE | English

ISSN| 1742-8181

HOW TO CITE|SANDU, Antonio (2011). Philosophical Appreciative Counselling. Philosophical Practice: Journal of the APPA, 6(2), 785-792. Disponibil online la adresa:

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In this article we will focus on philosophical counselling technique as an area of excellence of social practice: a fundamental methodological dimension. Philosophical counselling proposes to transform life by rediscovering the interrogative and interpretive dimension of human consciousness and applying it to ev- eryday experience. It is an experience of freedom transposed from the metaphysical into the social dimen- sion. Philosophical thinking out of transcendent space reconfigures immediacy by connecting it to the world of ideas and engendering the individual’s authenticity. The Appreciative approach to philosophy is based on the works of David Cooperrider on “Appreciative Inquiry”: a discursive pragmatic form that replaces the focus on the problem with focusing on the successful elements of previous experience of individuals, groups, organizations or communities. Principles of appreciative philosophical counseling aim at partnership between all participants in philosophical counseling. This experience can be integrated with the philosophical methodical return to the maieutic model and the Platonic dialogue.


Appreciative inquiry, appreciative philosophy, appreciative counselling, philosophical counselling.


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