The Promise of Philosophy and the Landmark Forum

10 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2001 Last revised: 8 Jun 2008

Steven R. McCarl

University of Denver - Political Science

Steve Zaffron

Landmark Worldwide LLC; Vanto Group

Joyce McCarl Nielsen

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Sociology

Sally Lewis Kennedy

Graland Country Day School

Abstract

Philosophy promises more than contents of thought. It can cultivate openness to continuously arising new contents of thought. Unconsciously identifying with the contents of thought displaces this openness; the remedy for such unnoticed closed mindedness is self-knowledge. In the Socratic tradition the Landmark Forum - a forty-hour course sponsored by the employee owned Landmark Educational Corporation - provides a model of philosophy as the practical art of uncovering and expanding self-knowledge and thereby generating unforeseen ways of being in everyday life.

Keywords: Applied philosophy, transformation, well being, Socratic Dialogue

Suggested Citation

McCarl, Steven R. and Zaffron, Steve and Nielsen, Joyce McCarl and Kennedy, Sally Lewis, The Promise of Philosophy and the Landmark Forum. Contemporary Philosophy, Vol. XXIII, No. 1 & 2, Jan/Feb & Mar/Apr 2001; Barbados Group Working Paper No. 01-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=278955 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.278955

Steven R. McCarl (Contact Author)

University of Denver - Political Science ( email )

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Denver, CO 80208
United States
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Steve Zaffron

Landmark Worldwide LLC

353 Sacramento St.
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

Vanto Group ( email )

353 Sacramento Street
Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

Joyce McCarl Nielsen

University of Colorado at Boulder - Department of Sociology ( email )

Boulder, CO 80309
United States
303-492-8571 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://stripe.colorado.edu/~jnielsen/

Sally Lewis Kennedy

Graland Country Day School ( email )

30 Birch Street
Denver, CO 80207
United States
303-333-6043 (Phone)

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