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Women’s Circles and Philosophical Practice
Women’s Circles and Philosophical Practice

Author(s): Todor Ramona
Subject(s): Social Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind
Published by: Asociatia Practicienilor in Consiliere, Filosofie si Etică
Keywords: women circle; philosophical practice; cognicentrism; immanence; embodiment; feminine;

Summary/Abstract: In recent years, traditional approaches to education and development have been increasingly criticized as being predominantly oriented towards developing the mind, at the detriment of the other dimensions of human existence (i.e., body, emotion, intuition, imagination). These latter dimensions have been associated with secondary, less important, or feminine aspects. Traditional approaches understand and engage these other dimensions merely from a mental perspective, instead of allowing each dimension to develop in its own space and rhythm. This creates a bias referred to as cognicentrism. A case for the shift of cognicentric approaches towards an integrative interplay of the mind, body, emotion, imagination, and intuition is presented in this study. This shift is envisioned as happening by pursuing an embodied, immanent approach towards all dimensions or tools of knowing in an integrative manner. As one of the steps towards this achievement, in the context of philosophical practice, the practice of Circles of Women (CWs) is studied. CWs are presented as spaces where the practice is centred on embodiment and immanence, and where the voice of the feminine can be heard, explored, and honored – aspects perceived as lacking in the context of a traditional philosophical practice. Philosophical practice is presented as having a more accentuated presence on the mental, intellectual sphere, and so a more versed perspective upon matters of ethics and logic – aspects through which CWs could also potentially benefit. The direction and focus of this study is to advance the need for an embodied, immanent approach to philosophical practice, thus building bridges between already existing practices and communities while acknowledging differences and presenting possibilities of complementarity or reciprocal influence.

  • Issue Year: 2/2022
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 43-60
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: English