According to one of my favourite philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein (Philosophical Investigations), a philosophical problem has the form: “I don’t know my way about.” The problem is solved, not by giving new information, but by rearranging what has already been known for a long time. It is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustement of the dial seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.
As a philosophical consultant, I use philosophical skills and insights to help my clients resolve conceptual issues in their personal and professional lives.
The primary aim of philosophical consultations is to enable clear and effective logical thinking. This typically entails mapping out the logical structure of an argument, identifying hidden premises and correcting fallacies. Potential clients should be prepared to examine and challenge their own ideas and thinking processes, and to establish adequate justification for their beliefs.
To quote Wittgenstein once more: “The clarity that I am aiming at is indeed complete clarity. But this simply means that the philosophical problem should completely disappear.”
I assist my clients with patience and respect. I listen very carefully. And I ask questions, presumably many questions, to “slow down” their thinking and to offer them a mirror to show their thinking process.