Paper presentation: A Sampling of Philosophical Counseling Frameworks, Tools, and Practices

Description: This is a description of a handful of philosophical counseling frameworks, tools, and practices, and how to bring them into philosophical practice sessions: The DIME framework, 4e Cognitive Science, the 4Ps of knowing, the Gestalt Change Process, and Philosophical Fellowship. The DIME framework prescribes an ecology of practices for philosophical wellbeing: D=Dialogue, I=Imaginal, M=Mindfulness, and E=Embodied practice (e.g., yoga, tai chi, etc.). According to 4e cognitive science, mind is not distinct from body, but is Embodied, Embedded, Extended, and Enactive. The 4Ps of knowing are propositional, procedural, participatory, and perspectival. The Gestalt change process involves four stages, phases, or layers of going out of and coming back into contact with reality: the mask, the impasse, death, and life. Philosophical fellowship is but one example of a dialogical practice. See the associated “Practicum on Philosophical Practices” for experiential demos.

Rick Repetti is Professor of Philosophy at CUNY/Kingsborough, a VP of APPA, an APPA-certified Philosopher Counselor, trained as a Gestalt therapist, a certified life coach and CBT practitioner, and a multiple-decades practitioner and instructor of yoga and meditation. His most recent publication is the edited collection, The Routledge Handbook on the Philosophy of Meditation (2022). His other publications include three books, the monograph, Buddhism, Meditation, and Free Will: A Buddhist Theory of Mental Freedom (Routledge 2019), the edited collection, Buddhist Perspectives on Free Will: Agentless Agency? (Routledge 2017), and the monograph, The Counterfactual Theory of Free Will: A Genuinely Deterministic Form of Soft Determinism (Lambert Academic Press 2010), and dozens of peer reviewed journal articles and chapters in edited collections. He is also Chief Philosophy Officer for a tech start-up company named, developing a decentralized truth-validation platform on the blockchain. Former Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, he leads weekly meditations for CUNY and for the Vervaeke Foundation, and is a founding member of the CUNY Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies initiative. Rick has appeared on dozens of podcasts, including Voices with Vervaeke.