Entries by leilab

The scarecrow concept

THE SCARECROW CONCEPT    From the beginning, more or less explicitly, quite unknowingly, we carried out philosophical consultations in an informal and semi-constructed way. Then, over time, we formalised this practice. However, one day, after having decided to “officialise” the practice, we discovered that there was a specific quality to the so-called consultations, which is […]

The philosophical consolation

The philosophical consolation The human being is suffering. Nothing extraordinary or new there. It is suffering, more than animals, not only because it experiences bodily suffering, as do other species, but also because it experiences moral suffering, a sub-product of freedom and reasoning, those human characteristics, some consequences that can hardly be escaped. Now, if […]

I tested a philosophical consultation

This is an article from Olivia Benhamou published in Psychologies Magazine, November 2004.   I tested a philosophical consultation Why not consult a philosopher like one would consult a shrink?  Our journalist was lead into temptation. Here is the report of her session with Oscar Brenifier, a rigorous and exciting dialogue.   I always wanted […]

The nature of philosophizing

The nature of philosophizing In any exercise, it is not always easy to distinguish the substantive requirements from the formal ones, to link the formal rules to the skills required to work. However, we will do our best to describe our exercises by distinguishing what falls into one or the other of these characteristics, so […]

Knowing what we are saying

KNOWING WHAT WE ARE SAYING   “Indeed, truth is in their opinions, but not at the point where they imagine it to be.” (Pascal)   There is a recurring obstacle when it comes to understand the nature and issues of the philosophical exercise taking place in the form of a discussion. It consists in thinking […]

Philosophizing in primary school

Philosophizing in primary school What has philosophy to do with primary school? Whether in a positive way or critically, most of those who hear of such an initiative are puzzled and raise the question. How could this activity even be considered with children aged three to eleven while eighteen years old teenagers, whose Bachelor results […]

Principles and difficulties of the philosophical consultation

Principles Philosophical Naturalism In recent years, a new wind seems to blow on philosophy. In various forms, it has as its constant aim to extirpate philosophy from its purely academic and scholarly framework, where historical perspective remains the main vector. Diversely received and appreciated, this tendency incarnates for some a necessary and vital oxygenation, for […]

The Art of Questioning

The Art of Questioning   The role of the master   If we were to summarize the role of the professor of philosophy by a single function, we would say that it is to introduce the student to the art of questioning, the founding act and the historical genesis of philosophizing. Philosophy is a process […]