(NEW) David Sumiacher (Argentina)


David Sumiacher (Argentina) - President of the Mexican Association of Philosophical Counseling; Vocal, Counselor and Teacher Educator by the Mexican Federation of Philosophy for Children. Is Director, Founder and Professor of CECAPFI (Centro Educativo para la Creación Autónoma en Prácticas Filosóficas). He was the organizer of the 15th International Conference on Philosophical Practice and was involved in different international research projects.

Philosophical practice with corporal actions (Lecture) 

Presentation Language: English

In this article I will provide some elements and perspectives regarding how it's possible to carry out philosophical practices through corporal actions. To understand this and to be able to do it out first, we must understand some general assumptions and principles around a broad understanding of philosophy and philosophical practice. After laying these foundations, I will focus on three great ways of performing corporal actions as part of the work that is done in philosophical practice. The first has to do with the sensory uptake of the other. In this way we enormously enrich the flow of elements that we use for working with others and the development of working hypotheses. A second type of corporal actions that we can incorporate into philosophical practice has to do with the performance of bodily actions by the practical philosopher. In this case, we use our action, gestures and expressions as a way of promoting, deepening and intensifying philosophical processes that are developed through dialogue or in any way. Lastly, a third way of including corporal actions in intersubjective philosophical interactions has to do with requesting the performance of specific corporal actions from others or performing them in conjunction with them. The variety of possibilities and achievable routes in this case is immense, but here we have an indisputable potential for philosophical work with others, which is built in principle from the grasp of circumstance and the philosophical process that is developing. In each case I will be considering a broad vision of philosophical practice that includes the work of philosophical counseling, philosophy for/with children, philosophical workshops and applied philosophy in organizations. 

On how philosophy and philosophical practice does have to do with the body, emotions and actions in the world (Round table)

For a long time and in many areas, philosophy (and also philosophical practice), operated under the framework of a reduced conception of rationality, excluding most of the areas of life of the subjects. Its transformational power, its enormous strength and impetus, was reduced to the areas of language, consciousness and discourse that, without denying its value, are only one of its possibilities. Although on many occasions he has tried to "touch the lives" of the subjects through these valid means, it is something similar to a doctor taking away all his instruments and leaving him only the stethoscope or the scalpel. Is trying to wear a suit too small. Prejudices or fears in relation to psychology (a discipline that has been part of philosophy for thousands of years) are part of this same problem. All this does not mean that philosophical processes cannot be distinguished from other types of processes (accidental, superficial, non-philosophical, etc.). It means that the 21st century philosopher can explore the battery of resources that effectively provides the history of philosophy in Socrates, Hellenistic philosophy, phenomenology or Eastern philosophy, among others. Here I will address some elements to, even having such a broad conception of our work, draw a criterion of distinction and build new serious, meaningful and well-founded philosophical practices.

Philosophical practices with corporal actions (Workshop)

Even when a workshop is carried out through internet, it is possible to develop philosophical practices with corporal actions. These kinds of possibilities have been explored through CECAPFI in the last eight years. The following workshop will show how the realization of such applications is possible. In addition, generate a practical foundation regarding the value and importance of corporal actions as part of the work and tools that the practical philosopher possesses for the development of his discipline, be it in philosophical counseling, philosophy for/with children, workshops or philosophical-cafes and philosophy for organizations.

Philosophy in motion. State and situation of philosophical practices in the world (Book presentation)

Philosophical practice is a dynamic and diverse international activity and movement. This book aims to explores its "state of the art". It focuses on the following branches: philosophy for/with children, philosophical counseling, teaching of philosophy, philosophical practice in prisons, philosophical practices with indigenous people and original communities, philosophical practices in health care, the divulgation of philosophy, philosophical workshops and cafes, philosophy in organizations, bibliography (books and journals) as well as the activities of philosophical practice in universities. The book has joint 20 authors from 10 different countries. They have explored main authors, trends, schools, materials, procedures and projects in our field. We will deploy how the project was developed and its quest, its obstacles, its expected future. 

The body and philosophical practice (Panel discussion)

The possibilities of philosophical practice are endless. Most of the 20th century philosophers have advocated for the value and importance of the body in relation with conceptions that obviated it, reduced it, fragmented it or left it in the background. This panel will explore the value of corporality from different perspectives. Each of the invited speakers has forms and approaches to work of philosophical practice that include it in different ways. Here you can learn something about their approaches, as well as the elements they have in common.

Moderator: David Sumiacher

Invited speakers: Lydia Amir, José Barrientos-Rastrojo, Guro Hansen Helskog, Narelle Arcidiacono

ICPP Website (Project Presentation)

The ICPP movement, since 1994, has a very valuable track record. The 16 Conferences held speak of an extremely important interest and continuity in the development of the discipline. Beyond the great value that holding these important events has had, for the general public there is no space where this information can be obtained. On many occasions, people try to know the programs, objectives, proceedings or videos linked to the movement, but there is no space that accounts for the continuity of this effort and great work carried out. For this reason, on this Website the organizers of the conferences held in Vancouver, Leusden, New York, Bensberg, Oxford, Oslo, Copenhagen, Seville, Carloforte, Leusden, Chuncheon, Athens, Belgrade, Bern and Mexico report this, favoring thus the involvement of more people, both in events and in the movement of philosophical practice.