Andrew P. Keltner, PhD Researcher
Andrew is originally from Northern New Mexico, where he earned his BUS from the University of New Mexico. Afterwards he moved to Romania where he earned his MA in Philosophical Counseling and Consultancy at the West University of Timișoara. As well, he has worked and trained with the Institute of Philosophical Practices in Paris.
Following the core philosophical tradition of loving wisdom, this certificate program aims to give its graduates an understanding of how to question and think critically. The central concepts of philosophical practice and revolve around ‘know thyself’ and ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. These concepts can lead us closer to ‘the good life’ and ‘eudamonia’ or, well-being. The key tool to achieve knowledge for wellbeing is our ability to question - our ability to find problems in thinking, our ability to clarify what we do not understand, and our ability to find deeper meanings to what we know. Questioning leads to having a more wholesome relationship with yourself, with others, and with the world at large. This certificate is not only an education in philosophizing with others but also philosophizing with oneself.
Philosophy as a Way of Life
Argumentative Fallacies and Philosophical Razors
Types of Philosophical Schools
The Philosophical Dialogue
Certificate Program Learning Objectives
The course covers a broad foundation for understanding the basics in the history of philosophy, critically thinking through philosophy, how to practice philosophy with yourself and with others. At the end of the course the student should have the tools to relate to wisdom and learning in a new capacity and the ability to share those new skills, whether it be in the workplace, in school, or with friends and family.
Seminar 1 - The Philosophical Practice and Ancient Foundations
Seminar 2 - Learning How to Learn and non-Western Philosophies
Seminar 3 - How to Move Forward with Philosophy and the Modern Era
Each course has one online seminar in which there will be a small lecture on the topic of the seminar followed by a philosophical dialogue and the relation to philosophical practice. As well, there will be one written assignment, and two oral examinations for the student to demonstrate their competence in the philosophical practice.