Alexandra Konoplyanik (Russia / UK)


Alexandra Konoplyanik (Russia/UK) - MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy, practical philosopher, philosophy teacher and critical thinking trainer working in education, business and community. She is an accredited specialist philosophy facilitator with The Philosophy Foundation (UK). She is a visiting philosophy teacher at LETOVO School and RANEPA Lyceum (Moscow).

Professional responsibility of a philosophy practitioner (Presentation) 

Presentation Language: English

Philosophical Practice (PP) resides somewhere between academic philosophy and psychological practices. Most contemporary academic philosophy has a clear objective of pursuing truth in a detached manner, constrained by the requirements of logic and academic rigor. Most contemporary professionalized psychological practices adhere to the wellspelled ethical protocols and limitations, while working towards an equally clear objective of helping the clients live better adjusted human lives, with less suffering. These different sets of objectives (truth or better life, on some definition) and respective ethical protocols clearly distinguish academic philosophy from practical psychology and allow both to be (at least in theory) exercised with the relevant sense of professional responsibility. What about PP? It resides somewhere in-between, and even if practiced as a professional service is typically at liberty to set its own goals, instrumental and ethical limitations (or lack of thereof), based on the judgment of each practitioner. It is the case in Russia and most Continental European countries. So, what could professional responsibility of a philosophy practitioner look like? Is it more like academic philosophy or like psychological counseling in its ultimate objectives? Is truth an intrinsic or an instrumental value in PP? What do PP practitioners owe their clients, if anything? Should PP professionals aim to answer these questions collectively or individually is good enough? Should any limitations or requirements be set in place as conditions to participate in PP professional associations?