What Is Logic-Based Consulting?

What is Logic Based Consulting?

As the ancient philosopher Epictetus so astutely observed, we are not disturbed by what has happened, but rather by what we think about what has happened.  Epictetus states “Now the things within our power are by nature free, unrestricted, unhindered; but those beyond our power are weak, dependent, restricted, alien. Remember, then, that if you attribute freedom to things by nature dependent and take what belongs to others for your own, you will be hindered, you will lament, you will be disturbed, you will find fault both with gods and men”. Epictetus The Enchiridion

Because of the fact that the way we feel depends often on how we think, whether rationally or irrationally, determines how we understand ourselves and the world. Using the syllogism (a tool from Aristotle) as a model in which to address such problems, the soundness of complaints are examined, and when found to be in error are refuted using logical strategies such as refutation, reductio ad absurdum, and others.

While Logic Based Consultants do not endeavor to help those with serious mental disorders which are cared for by mental health professionals, Logic Based Consultants are able to adroitly assist with life problems. In addition to the Consultant analyzing the logical underpinnings of a client’s problems, a refutation is developed based on the teachings of the great philosophers.

Having advanced training in philosophy, which includes a great deal of formal logic, as well as analytical exercise, makes a philosopher ideal in assisting with many of life’s problems. Knowledge of the great thinkers of history makes the consultant ideal for finding wisdom relevant to any life circumstance. There is so much wisdom to be found, one only needs to know where to look!

Sample Problems Addressed by Philosophical Consultants

  • Moral issues
  • Values disagreements
  • Political issues and disagreements
  • Writers Block
  • Time management issues
  • Procrastination
  • Career issues
  • Job loss
  • Problems with coworkers
  • Disability issues
  • Financial issues
  • Retirement
  • Aging
  • End of life issues
  • Midlife issues
  • Adult children of aging parents
  • Problems with family
  • Family planning issues
  • In-law issues
  • Breakups and divorce
  • Parenting issues
  • Becoming a parent
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Finding out one is adopted
  • Falling in and out of love
  • Loss of a family member
  • Loss of a pet
  • Friendship issues
  • Peer pressure
  • Academic or school-related issues
  • Rejection
  • Discrimination
  • Religion and race-related issues
  • Entertainment-related issues
  • Technology-related issues

Philosophical consultants do not address mental disorders. They refer such matters to licensed mental health professionals, including NPCA-recognized philosophical counselors. 

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