Coaching (philosophical practice)

The third core task of the maieutics school consists of coaching. While research and teaching have a general character and in that sense fulfill the same function for everyone, coaching is usually customized and therefore more subjective in nature. Incidentally, the same basic philosophical experiences that are central to the maieutics school – the experience of doubt and totality, respectively – also recur in this core task. For this school considers it part of its task not only to study both basic experiences with the necessary academic reserve and to provide subsequent courses, but also, from the specific perspective of these basic experiences, to concretely assist people who, for example, are struggling with existential questions and/or are striving for more spiritual clarity for themselves.


Guilt Coaching within the maieutics school is based on two basic experiences: the experience of doubt and the experience of totality. This means that existential themes that are especially suitable for coaching – including guilt – are approached from the…

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Coaching according to the Maieutics School

Van der Gaag’s book shows some disdain toward forms of philosophical practice that do not use the same method as Van der Gaag himself. In his case, the question/doubt is absolutized as the sole goal of philosophical practice, while in…

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The Philosophical Practice of Harm van der Gaag

From a philosophical point of view, coaching has now internationally taken on the form of what is now called ‘philosophical practice. While education, as mentioned, usually focuses on formation in general and to groups, coaching is often more focused on…

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