Everyone – including you – has a philosophy of life, which helps you to make sense of your experiences, define your identity, establish your purpose, guide your actions and emotions, build your relationships, and shape your future.
Yet very few people learn the tools and practices of philosophical reflection, which would enable you to formulate a personally meaningful philosophy of your own, thus breaking free from unthinking adherence to ideologies or gurus (including your coach!).
To be your own philosopher is to be, at the highest level, your own person.
In coaching you to be your own philosopher, I rely heavily on reflective techniques pioneered by the ancient Greeks, expose you to insights from a diverse array of wisdom thinkers and traditions, and help you to integrate the results of scientific research.
We do this work not for the sake of idle speculation, but in pursuit of active wisdom and practical truth so that you can make better decisions, become more successful as a human being, and live a life of deeper meaning, coherence, and fulfillment. The Greeks called this eudaimonia or complete happiness, and it is the ultimate goal of philosophical coaching.
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