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Philosophy and Culture

Philosophical practice in the "Plato's cave"
Borisov Sergey Valentinovich

Doctor of Philosophy

Head of the Philosophical Departmet at Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University 

454080, Russia, Chelyabinskaya oblast', g. Chelyabinsk, pr. Lenina, 69, kab. 444

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Philosophical practice in the "Plato's cave"
This article represents an extensive review of the book by the American philosopher-practitioner Ran Lahav "Stepping out of Plato's Cave: Philosophical Counseling, Philosophical Practice and Self-Transformation” (2 ed., Hardwisc, Vermont (USA): Loyev Books, 2016, 226 p.). The book under review is the fruit of more than twenty years of the author's work in the field of philosophical practice. Leaning on the content of the book, the article carries out a meticulous analysis of the evolution of movement of the philosophical practice, content of the main approaches and methods applied in philosophical practice, relationship between the philosophical practice and psychotherapy, as well as the author’s original theory. The work is based on the comparative-historical method and a critical analysis of the theory of philosophical practice of Ran Lahav with reference to his main complitaions. This detailed peer review allows the Russian readers to familiarize with the basic ideas Ran Lahav’s book, which has yet to be translated into the Russian language. The described in the article original methodology of the author of the book under review, can be implemented in the practice of philosophical counseling and adjusted to the Russian philosophical tradition.

Keywords: critical thinking, psychotherapy, phenomenology, philosophical counseling, philosophical practice, Modern philosophy, perimeter, pattern, Ran Lahav, Pierre Hadot



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