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Philosophical Practice

What is that ?

DIALOGON aims to train individuals in Philosophical Practice. Individually or in a group, clients develop their skills to see themselves objectively and without complacency, to argue, to question, to interpret, to argue, to synthesize, to conceptualize. This work allows them to take some distance from themselves while discovering a new power of thinking.

This practice can be called philosophical because it is based on 2500 years of history of philosophy. Our main "model" is the figure of Socrates as an incessant promoter of dialogue with others. These principles are described in Jérôme Lecoq's book:  "Philosophical practice" (Eyrolles, 2014)

The Benefits of Philosophical Practice

At the individual level

  • clarify his speech, his communication and demand this clarity from others.

  • to gain confidence because to question is to lead a dialogue, to be interested in the other and in a situation. In the same way to respond is to commit without certainty and therefore to take risks and put oneself to the test, which is stimulating and builds confidence in oneself and in others little by little. In general, our thinking becomes more sharp and autonomous, which considerably improves self-confidence.

  • find creative ideas because the questions generate multiple answers which are as many divergent points of view in response to the same problem.

  • take some distance with one's emotions, with urgency by discerning and distinguishing the essential from the incidental and by analyzing the subjective components and distinguishing them from the objective side of things.

  • be more flexible intellectually and behaviorally because proposing various hypotheses to the same question forces the mind to find new ideas by taking into account the constraints of the problem posed.

  • be more concentrated, more effective because the synthesis allows you to go to the essential without being encumbered with the accessory, allows you to clarify everyone's intentions and to position yourself clearly accordingly.

In organizations

  • decide because the arguments and criteria are evaluated according to their consistency, their relevance and their power in relation to the internal requirements of the company and its competitive and regulatory environment.

  • align people around clear and reasoned projects that unite employees around a common reason. 

  • have cohesion because you take the time to explain and submit yourself to constructive criticism.

  • get to know yourself and your teams better by adopting a new culture of demanding questioning.

  • be more agile by detecting problems in advance and putting them into dialogue, which allows them to be resolved quickly.

The philosophical consultation

The philosophical consultation, on the other hand, is a face-to-face interview which aims to deepen a more personal problem.

 

In any case, this practice responds to the Socratic injunction to "know thyself". We presuppose that to be an autonomous individual, an effective manager, a responsible citizen and/or parent, one must above all know oneself. But to know oneself in general requires work on oneself, a test that this practice offers.

If you want to discover this practice, register for our next workshop or let's make an appointment for a philosophical consultation.

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