Trump 1:1

*** ***TRUMP*** ***

THE ISPPI BULLETIN


*Issue No. 1*

(C) Copyright Sophon Center

*February 1998*


Contents:

Aims of Trump
About ISPPI
How to become a member
ISPPI Lectures
Book Review
Conference
Sophie's world
Achenbach's concepts
On philosophical cafes in Jerusalem


AIMS OF TRUMP

Dear ISPPI member and others interested in the practice of

philosophy,



I chose the name "Trump" (an application of the word

"triumph") for this bulletin in the hope that it will indeed be a

successful aid to philosophical practitioners to establish

themselves as individual professionals and as a philosophical

community. With this first issue of Trump I hope to establish a

communication path which all philosophical practitioners may use

to contribute to the flourishing of philosophical practice and

counseling. As editor of Trump I welcome your contributions.

Please send in your practice activities so that they can be

published together with ISPPI activities. Also if you have

questions or like to share your views about philosophical

practice and counseling related issues, please send in a

short comment (about 400 words or shorter) in English or Hebrew,

and always in typescript.

Shlomit Schuster



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DID YOU PAY MEMBERSHIP DUES YET?

NO? PLEASE, DO IT SOON!



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ABOUT "ISRAELI SOCIETY FOR PHILOSOPHY

PRACTICE AND COUNSELING" (ISPPI)



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In May 1996, some Israeli philosophical counselors and other

interested philosophers agreed on forming a contact group, and in

November

1996 we agreed to form a society. The aim of ISPPI is to

promote affirmative contact among philosophical practitioners and

to encourage the development of philosophical counseling through

sharing professional experiences, knowledge and information.

The precidency and the secretariat of the society are with

Shlomit Schuster.

Associate membership is open to all, while regular

membership is limited to philosophers with at least an M.A.

degree. Membership is from January to January the following

year. Dues: Thirty five New Shekels or Ten USA Dollars.



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TO BECOME A MEMBER



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All interested in receiving more information (the text

"Philosophical Counseling" or "The Constitution of ISPPI"), or in

subscribing as members should contact the following address:

ISPPI, c/o

Shlomit Schuster, Horkania 23, # 2., Jerusalem, 93305.

Phone: (972) 2-6795090. http://www.geocities.com/centersophon





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ISPPI LECTURES



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The following series is the ISPPI public program for

February-March 1998.

All lectures are held at The Moadon HaOleh, 9 Alkalai St.,

Jerusalem (in the neighborhood of the Jerusalem Theatre). The

entry is free, so invite your friends to come along.

ISPPI members and those interested in receiving information

on the society are encouraged to be at the Moadon HaOleh at 8.00

p.m., that is 30 minutes before the start of each lecture. This

will make it possible for all ISPPI members to get to know each

other and meet with potential new members in an informal manner.

PLEASE, DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO MEET OTHERS

INTERESTED IN MEETING YOU! Refreshments will be available from

the Moadon HaOleh's pleasant cafe for a minimal charge.

Except for the first lecture, all the lectures have been

presented at the Third International Conference for Philosophy

Practice, in New York, July 1997. These papers are also

forthcoming in the proceedings of the New York conference.



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Wednesday 25 February, 20.30



Jeremy Iggers: "PHILOSOPHY AND THE QUEST FOR MEANING AT MIDLIFE"

(in English)



Abstract: In this lecture Dr. Iggers explores the ethical

challenges and philosophical questions surrounding midlife. In

particular: what does philosophy have to offer to the person

facing the challenge of midlife?

What role is there for the philosophical practitioner? Is

philosophy itself facing a mid-life crisis?



Dr. Iggers is at the University of Minnesota, author, staff

writer for the Star Tribune, and philosophical practitioner.



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Thursday 5 March, 20.30



Ora Gruengard: "HOW TO TURN GEOMETRICALLY PERFECT SPHERES INTO

PLAYFUL BALLOONS"

(in Hebrew)



Abstract: Psychotherapists have philosophical presuppositions.

Although they have different professional persuasions, they tend

to share Locke's belief that the dissolution of "unnatural"

associations is the ultimate panacea for "unreason" and

"madness." . . . Austin's method in Sense and

Sensibility, which has helped a client to get rid of a rigid

perfect sphere in his mind, is analyzed as a case study.



Dr. Gruengard is at the Open University, Tel Aviv, and

philosophical practitioner.



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Sunday 8 March, 20.30



Lydia Amir: "PHILOSOPHY AS COUNSELEE: A RE-EVALUATION OF

PHILOSOPHY" (in Hebrew)



Abstract: The data and experience accumulated in methods of

philosophical counseling could be used to formulate a criterion

for evaluating philosophy. . . . The suggested criterion would be

one of practicability or relevance to human life, well-being,

reasonable expectations, spiritual dimension, etc.; in short to

humanity's wisdom (Sophia) and practical wisdom (Phronesis).



Dr. Amir is at the College of Management in Tel-Aviv, and

philosophical practitioner.



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Sunday 15 March, 20.30



Ettel Weingarten: "DESCARTES AS A PRECURSOR OF PHILOSOPHICAL

COUNSELING" (in Hebrew)



Abstract: Descartes's correspondence with Elisabeth of Bohemia

and his relationship with Christina of Sweden is discussed.

Elisabeth's criticism of Descartes's mind-body theory, and

Cartesian ethics are highlighted as important for the counseling

relationship.



Ms. Weingarten is a Ph.D. Cand. in Philosophy at the Hebrew

University, and philosophical practitioner.



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Sunday 22 March, 20.30



Shlomit Schuster: "PHILOSOPHICAL NARRATIVES AND PHILOSOPHICAL

COUNSELING" (in English)



Abstract: In a short history of philosophical

narratives--including some modern examples of the genre--I

demonstrates how philosophical narratives differ from

psychological narratives.

Achenbach's method of philosophical counselling is illustrated in

"A Portrait of David," a narrative account of philosophical

counselling sessions.



Ms. Schuster is a Ph.D. Cand. in Philosophy at the Hebrew

University, and philosophical practitioner.



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BOOK REVIEW



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by Shlomit Schuster



PERSPECTIVES IN PHILOSOPHICAL PRACTICE:

A collection of papers presented at the

Second International Congress on Philosophical Practice,

Leusden, The Netherlands, August 25-28, 1996.

Editor: Drs. Wim van der Vlist

Published by The Vereniging Filosofische Praktijk & Plug Copy,

Doorwerth-Holland, 1997. pp. 303.

Price: 35,00 USA Dollars.



This collection of essays reflects in many ways the themes

presented at the First International Conference on Philosophical

Counseling of Vancouver 1994.

In this volume the contributions of Dr. Gerd B. Achenbach

are a clarification of some of the main themes of the Vancouver

conference concerning the essence of philosophical practice and

how (if at all) to differentiate it from psychological counseling

and therapy. Other articles are responses and critiques of papers

delivered at the Vancouver Conference, or are concerned with

resent publications on philosophical counseling.

Theoretical and practical aspects of philosophical practice

find expression in reports from philosophical practices,

outlines for workshops and reflections on Postmodern perspectives

in philosophical practice, Zen, Asian philosophy, Socratic

Dialogue, Spinoza, Brentano, Nietzsche, Pirandello, Sartre and

others.

Though a couple of the articles are not precisely in the

Queens English and there are a few typos through out the fast

published book, nevertheless the content and actuality of this

collection of articles makes it the most interesting collection

published so far.



Orders (10% on second or more copies) by writing to:

Drs. P.J. Peters

Schimmelpennicklaan 4a

6871 TV Renkum-Holland

The Netherlands.

Tel./Fax: 0317-318364



Payment: $35,00 US Dollars or Hfl 68,50 Dutch guilders.

Quote from letter from P.J. Peters: "Because of the complexity of

international payment in different countries we [VFP] kindly ask

you to pay

by guaranteed cheque or international money-order.

The VFP has no credit-card facilities; our Dutch Postbank account

is: 1270099, Vereniging Filosofische Praktijk, Amsterdam."



There are still a few copies available at the Sophon Center

(02-6795090) at the price of 130 New Shekels.


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THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE



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The Fourth International Conference on Philosophy Practice has as

theme "Refections on the Role of the Virtues in the Life of the

Individual."

It will take place at the Thomas Morus Academy in Bergisch

Gladbach (near Cologne), Germany. Conference dates: 3-6 August

1998. For registration or more information write to: Society for

Philosophical Practice, Hermann-Loens-Str. 56c, D-51469 Bergisch

Gladbach, Germany.


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SOPHIE'S WORLD: A GUIDED TOUR TOWARDS

EVERYBODY'S MEANING OF LIFE



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A series of 8 talks by Shlomit Schuster followed by group

discussion on the meaning of life on basis of Jostein Gaarder's

best-selling novel Sophie's World. Series of 8 talks: 100

Shekels, 1 talk: 15 Shekels. At the Library of Arts--Ticho

House; 9 Harav Kook Str., Jerusalem. All these meetings

start at 18.00 and last about 90 minutes.

15.2: The Garden of Eden and the Mythological World Picture

(Chapters 1-3);

1.3: After Mythology (Chapters 4-6);

15.3: Socrates and Plato (Chapters 7-9);

29.3: Aristotle and Hellenism (Chapters 10-12);

26.4: Philosophy and the Religions (Chapters 13-15);

3.5: Renaissance Humanism and the Baroque Art of Living (Chapters

16-17);

17.5: Descartes and Spinoza (Chapters 18-19);

7.6: Locke and Hume (Chapters 20-21).



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ACHENBACH'S CONCEPTS



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Summary of one of Dr. G. B. Achenbach's presentations at the

Second International Conference of Philosophical Practice,

Leusden, the Netherlands, August 1996:

"About the Center in Philosophical Practice."[1]

The following paraphrases are mainly based on a tape

recording made by Fred Foulks of a translated summary presented

by Dr. Rene Saran after Gerd Achenbach's opening lecture at the

Conference.

Achenbach considers that it is typical for philosophers to

look for essences, the general, in everything. However, this

particular philosophical characteristic he finds not essential in

philosophical counseling. He prefers to describe philosophical

practice negatively--as not therapy (cf. the negative

descriptions of God in theology). One may even come to ask if

there is anything important in philosophical practice.

Nevertheless, two central aspects are important: the

counselor and the visitor. For the counselor the client is of

central importance and for the client, the counselor. These two

central points are compared to the two centers of the ellipse.

Then there are three important principles concerning the

relationship between these two central aspects: 1) God intended

people to be different and therefore one should not treat persons

as the same. One should try to look for unique links between a

person and his or her history. 2) The counselor needs to

understand the innermost and manifold thoughts of the

client. The counselor should consider himself as a learner in

this respect. There are many possible ways of approaching a

visitor. What is important is that the counselor opens his or

her heart to the counselee. 3) The counselor should not try to

change the visitor. Even goals and intentions in the discussions

should be avoided so that the counselee can determine the aim of

the talks.

Finally Achenbach finds that there are many, indeed very

numerous, signposts, but not commands, along the philosophical

practitioner's way.

One such a road sign he found in a report written by a counselee

on his praxis: she compared his work with that of a pilot who has

a cheerful relationship with the navigator of the ship.

For a translation of the complete text see: Perspectives in

Philosophical Practice (Doorwerth: Vereniging Filosofische

Praktijk, 1997) pp. 7-15.

(c)April 1997, Shlomit C. Schuster. All rights reserved.

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ON PHILOSOPHICAL CAFES IN JERUSALEM



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According to Jeremy Igger's article in the Internet Magazine

Utne, the type of philosophical practice that Marc Sautes

began in a Paris cafe is thriving world wide.

Yes, Jerusalem has also adopted this latest international

fashion. Already some years ago Ettel Weingarten conducted study

sessions on Spinoza in a Jerusalem cafe named after the great

thinker. I also heard about philosophy evenings by Shalem

Coulibaly (in French) in the local Metropole cafe. On Monday 16

March, 7.00 p.m. Shlomit Schuster will reintroduce the idea in

the Tmol Shilshom Bookstore Cafe for Hebrew speakers. Subject: On

the philosophy cafe and other types of philosophical practice.

5 Yoel Salomon Street, Jerusalem. For reservations: 02-6232758.

Visit Tmol Shilshom

also in cyberspace!


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