Continuum Philosophical Insight provides two services to our clients: one, the guided development of philosophical habit for individuals and small groups, and two, theoretical consultation for organizations: businesses, institutions, research groups, non-profits, and so on.
1. Philosophical Habit
Continuum Philosophical Insight guides individuals and small groups in developing the habit of thoughtful, critical reflection. Put in other words, this is the habit of living philosophically.
With the guidance of a personal philosopher, you can establish clear goals for intellectual development by discovering a process of critical reflection—that is, how to ask the right questions, in the right way, and how to pursue answers to those questions—and, with consistent reinforcement, assume this process as a set of habits.
I will help guide you through these questions with semi-structured discussions conducted through a variety of media (email, text/chat, Skype, face-to-face) as well as with guided readings from personally-curated selections of philosophers and other great thinkers. For the most part, this process revolves around discussing ideas, both those derived from reading great thinkers and from real life experiences–often in their overlap.
The program is specifically tailored to each individual or small group. Depending on what works best for you, it may include nothing other than an on-going conversation; or highly-curated reading schedules including the production of relevant writings.
Scheduling is highly flexible (including nights and weekends), and there is no “end”; it is an on-going process–on a month-to-month calendar–where we are always asking new questions, digging deeper into the mystery of reality, learning and re-learning and recursively strengthening our understanding. Given the complexity and depth of this intellectual exploration, personal relationships are integral to having fruitful discussions and fostering the development of understanding and I maintain a small client base to develop these relationships, focusing on quality over quantity.
Pillars of Inquiry
Within this approach, there are certain questions which come up time and again. Although they are not always worded the same, these questions can essentially be reduced to these six:
- What does it mean to be human?
- What is knowledge, and how do we acquire it?
- How do we know what the “right thing to do” is?
- What are our roles in society, and what is society in the first place?
- How can we be “good” persons?
- How can we be happy?
Although one may begin his or her philosophical approach through any of the six, Continuum sees these questions as distinct but related parts of the same whole. Every philosophical inquiry remains fundamentally incomplete (that is, incomplete in its basis and not just in the never-ending quest for understanding that characterizes philosophy as a whole) so long as it ignores one or more of these pillars.
Periodically, I will offer online courses in one or another area of expertise. These will be announced via the blog and available for a nominal fee. These courses may include video and/or audio lectures, my own writings, video-chat sessions, discussion of crucial texts in the history of philosophy, and more.
2. Theoretical Consultation
Most consulting focuses on the provision and implementation of efficient solutions to practical problems. Sometimes, however, the difficulty an organization faces is not practical, but theoretical–and therefore, the answer it needs is not a solution of praxis but clarity in understanding. Continuum Philosophical Insight offers such clarity, through three distinct functions.
Theoretical research is not simply collecting, correlating, and analyzing data: rather, it requires navigating through the minefield of interpretation through which data is presented and sorting out the true from the false. This skill requires not only years of development and training, but a capacity for discursive analysis and recursive synthesis: judging one approach against another, one idea among the many, discerning the truth in each, extracting it, and resolving all the truths together again into a coherent narrative.
Subsequently, one must be able to communicate that narrative effectively. Continuum does this through written reports, oral conversations, email communication, face-to-face meetings, and other various methods of dissemination, including videos, lectures, and so on.
Finally, for in-depth installation of theoretical advancement, Continuum will give one-to-two week long seminars in person. These include lectures, coordination of group sessions, individual sessions, open format discussions, and interactive panels which increase familiarity with the concepts under consideration.
Please submit all inquiries via the Contact page.