International Journal of Philosophical Practice

Volume 2, Issue 3, Summer 2004

Hakam Al-Shawi
Pages 1-12

The Role of Philosophical Courage in Philosophical Counseling

Traditionally we are familiar with at least two forms of courage: physical and moral. But the virtue has other forms which have not been widely recognized. One such form is “psychological courage” required to overcome psychological problems. Another form is “philosophical courage” required for philosophical counseling. In this paper, I argue that whether implicitly or explicitly, both counselor and client need courage, in its form as “philosophical courage,” for successful counseling. Moreover, the degree of such courage in both client and counselor will determine the extent to which issues are brought into question.