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Stepping out of Plato's Cave (2016)

Philosophical practice is an international movement of philosophers who believe that philosophy can help us live our life more fully and deeply. Ran Lahav, a major contributor to the development of this field, presents here the approach which he has been developing for more than 20 years.

The vision presented in this book is ambitious. It gives philosophy the task of transforming our life and elevating it, in line with the great visions of many important philosophers throughout the ages – Plato, Marcus Aurelius, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and many others. As in Plato’s famous Allegory of the Cave, the role of philosophy is seen as helping us understand the narrow “cave” in which we are imprisoned and inspiring us to step out of this cave towards greater and richer horizons of human existence.

This book discusses both the theory and practice of philosophical practice, and it explains how to apply them to the main formats of the field: philosophical counseling, self-reflection groups, and philosophical companionships. On the theoretical level, it presents a general conception of everyday life and its limitation, of the power of philosophizing, and of personal self-transformation. On the practical level, it explains in detail the process of philosophical practice, its different stages, strategies, and techniques. Many case-studies illustrate these ideas in a concrete, accessible way. Overall, this book is a complete guide for anybody interested in philosophical practice, from the beginner to the experienced philosophical practitioner.

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Handbook of Philosophical Companionship (2016)


A philosophical companionship is a group of people who meet online or face-to-face and contemplate in togetherness on philosophical ideas. They resonate with each other and give voice to their inner depth, developing together profound insights. The companionship format has been developed in recent years by Ran Lahav and his colleagues from the philosophical practice movement.

In this handbook Ran Lahav explains the general principles of the companionship and provides a detailed list of practical procedures and exercises.

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Una compagnia filosofica è un Gruppo di persone che s’incontra on-line o di persona e contempla stando insieme sulle idée filosofiche. I partecipanti risuonano l’uno con l’altro e danno voce alla loro profondità interiore, sviluppando insieme intuizioni profonde. Il format della compagnia è stato recentemente sviluppato da Ran Lahav e dai colleghi del movimento della pratica filosofica.

In questo manuale Ran Lahav spiega i principi generali della compagnia e fornisce una lista dettagliata di procedure, pratiche ed esercizi ad essa relativi.

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Are you a philosopher with a manuscript on the topic of philosophy and life? Do you prefer to self-publish, instead of trying to find a publisher, and adjust your book to your publisher's preferences?

Be your own publisher, at no cost at all!

Loyev Books wants to help philosophical practitioners and philosophers to self-publish their books, and to advertise them here on this website. Especially welcome are books in English on philosophical practitice - or more generally on the relevance of philosophy to life. Also welcome are novels and poetry books with a philosophical orientation. For more details, please contact Ran Lahav.

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