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“Philosophical health will be in the 21st century what physical and psychological health were in the 20th century. At the beginning of the century, it is a luxury for the happy few. By the end of the century, it is a necessity for all.”Luis de Miranda, talk at Unesco, Paris, 29 October 2019
Dr Luis de Miranda is the initiator and founder of Philosophical Health International. Author of several philosophical essays and novels translated into several languages, Luis is the founder of The Philosophical Parlour in Stockholm, Sweden, where he offers regular individual philosophical counseling, in partnership with Livslinjen Psychotherapy Institute. His last book, Being & Neonness (MIT Press) presents his vision of a creative cosmology of the human person. In October 2019, he gave a presentation at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, on “crealectical understanding” and the necessity of applied research in philosophical health.
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Andrew Keltner is the Director of the Philosophical Practices Certificate Program and a PhD Researcher in Dublin, Ireland, with the Global Center for Advanced Studies (GCAS), as well as a philosophical practitioner with the Institute of Philosophical Practices in Paris. He is trained in the Socratic method, and has worked with NGO’s, individuals, academic researchers, and has organized philosophical cafes. Andrew earned his MA in Philosophical Counselling and Consultancy from the West University of Timisoara. Member since November 2019.
Eleanor Byrne is a PhD researcher in Philosophy at the University of York (UK) interested primarily in phenomenology and the philosophy of medicine/psychiatry. Her current research focuses on philosophical issues surrounding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and depression. She is also interested in contemporary Stoicism and philosophical issues surrounding women’s reproductive health. Eleanor also currently works as an assistant on the AHRC-funded project ‘Grief: A Study of Human Emotional Experience’. Member since November 2019.
Angelos Sofocleous is a PhD researcher in Philosophy at the University of York. His research focuses on the phenomenology of depression. He explores how interpersonal relations are altered in depression and how the depressed individual encounters possibilities in the world as possibilities-for-others, not as possibilities-for-her, in this way becoming a spectator towards the world and other people. He is currently leading a research group by York Student Think Tank, titled Mental Health and University, aiming to identify why mental health issues arise at a university-level and how they can be resolved. Member since November 2019.
Zoran Kojcic, PhD, is a philosopher and author from Croatia. He has worked as a school teacher and philosophical counsellor and practitioner since 2011. Zoran works as a coordinator on several international projects regarding ethics, philosophical practice and dialogue practices. He received his PhD in philosophy at Sofia University in Bulgaria, with the thesis on performance oriented philosophical counselling. Member since November 2019.
Jarrod Hyam, PhD, teaches philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (USA). His interdisciplinary research integrates philosophy and the anthropology of religion. He is particularly interested in how philosophical disciplines and praxis may address the ongoing mysteries of health and healing. He completed the PhD at the University of Sydney in the Department of Indian Subcontinental Studies, after conducting ethnographic fieldwork in India and Nepal. Member since November 2019.
Dr Miray Yazgan teaches ethics, applied philosophy, Chinese philosophy and Indian philosophy at Istanbul University in Turkey. She has published two books: Ancient Chinese Philosophy and Science of Logic and Ancient-Medieval Indian Philosophy and Science of Logic. She is interested in applying the knowledge and methodology of Far East Philosophy to Philosophical Counseling. Member since November 2019.
Khashayar Boroomandjazi is a philosophy PhD from Iran. He is mainly concerned with the topics related to human health and illness, and his research interests include, but are not limited to, Daseinsanalysis, phenomenological psychopathology, and existential psychology. Member since November 2019.
André Almeida, PhD, is professor of philosophy at FDC in Brazil. He is passionate about assisting people in their development process through philosophical counselling in business settings. He is particularly interested in philosophical counselling as a tool for the development of children and adolescents. André earned his PhD at the University of Sussex in the UK, where he taught philosophy for five years before going to Brazil. He is the author of Agent Particularism: The Ethics of Human Dignity. Member since November 2019.
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