AN INTERVIEW WITH RAN LAHAV
By Carlo Basili
The following interview with Ran Lahav was conducted in January of 2013 by Carlo Basili, a prominent philosophical practitioner from Phronesis, the Italian Association for Philosophical Counseling. The interview was published in Italian on the webpage of Phronesis (http://lnx.phronesis.info/)
The following is a translation from the original Italian text:
Ran Lahav has been one of the pioneers of Philosophical Practice, and is still among the itsmost visible and active exponents on the international scene. Together with Lou Marinoff he organized the first conference of Philosophical Practice (The 1st ICPP, in Vancouver, 1994), and throughout the years has contributed to the development of the field, while engaging in intense organizational and theoretical activity. He is well known in Italy, where he collaborated with Phronesis and with Sicof and where he frequently gives seminars. In Italian he has published two books about philosophical practice: Comprendere la vita [Understanding life] (2004) and Oltre la filosofia [Beyond Philosophy] (2010). Other texts of Ran are available at the website www.trans-sophia.net which also contains a section in Italian with texts and videos. On his site PhiloLife.net one can find a broad collection of videos on philosophical practice.
Carlo: Dear Ran, I want to use this opportunity to take stock of the situation ofthe philosophical practice movement. A lot of water has passed under the bridge from the first ICPP which you organized with Lou Marinoff in Vancouver (1994) to the last one that took place in Korea this year. What is your opinion about the road we have traveled so far?