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Elly Pirocacos
Montreal - Athens

Bio: Welcome! My name is Elly Pirocacos and this is a personal blog, home to philosophical reflections on life issues. These will vary from philosophically dense scholarly-type papers, to quibbles, annotations, critiques, self-help guides, and problematics. It was the university, first as a student and later as a Professor of Philosophy, that was once home to my philosophical engagement with life issues. Initially this was an ideal forum for an interactive, passionate exchange of commonly entrenched concerns but as education came to suffer the ills of institutionalisation more and more, and standardised policies replaced the creative, and biophilous dialectical flux that characterised the inter and intra-human exchange amongst practitioners of philosophy, this became an ever alienating experience. Yet the yearning for meaningful reflection has not waned and the practical application dating back to the Greeks has finally found new footing in Philosophical Counselling. Putting philosophy back on the streets and employing philosophical methods as a form of counselling constitute the two-tier structure of this blog. Negotiating the "truth" in all facets of life and living will be the driving force that both defines the parameters and implications of all philosophical reflections. Still a passionate educator committed to the ideals of college/university learning and philosophical counselling. In both venues, com-passionate, invested dialogue guides and helps content take form. Credentials: BA, MA, PhD in philosophy; APPA certified. Membership/Secretary Treasurer Canadian Society for Philosophical Practice (CSPP)

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  1. I agree, but I believe that the classroom can be a forum for meaningful and authentic discussion with the right approach, one akin to Socratic dialogue amongs thinkers and developing thinkers.

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    1. Ed, thank you so much for your comment. It provides me with the opportunity to nuance my initial meaning. Formal accredited education has a role to play – an important one – however, when this environment becomes overrun by administrators and agendas mostly defined by economic and political principles, even the best efforts suffer the malaise of institutionalisation.

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        1. Thanks, Nick. I would agree that truth is always contextual and in flux. It’s no good superimposing a distinction between the outside world and the inner world of the subject as if to suggest that the best way to capture a proper understanding of how things are is to adopt a detached, objective (or objectified) stance towards so-called inanimate objects. Negotiating the truth is like dancing: it’s gait can be as elegant and dramatic as the tango.

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    1. Agreed: “stuff happens”. What’s interesting about this is not the sheer fact, namely that “stuff happens”, but how we perceive this stuff happening. You say, for instance, “nothing is mandatory, just consequential”, which speaks to your comportment to the world.

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  2. It’s a slow but growing field. It is my hope to make philosophical discourse a more integral part of everyday life in a way similar to Socrates. Alas this requires reaching out to great numbers of people and this is a surprisingly challenging feat! But an interactive blog and like-minded people spreading the word is at least start.

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      1. I know. I took the exit door. Merci, mais non merci. I am happy as a retired prof and full-time writer. The institution is now the corporation: not god for freedom of thought and very poor for objective analysis.

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