Awareness of the Self and the Other
A philosophical approach to Emotions
Course description

Emotions are a major challenge in our private and professional life. But are we really aware how indispensable they are as a source of knowledge for ourselves and others?

The seminar will address the following questions concerning the vocabulary of emotions:

  • How can emotions be seen as insightful perspectives?
  • How can we approach emotions and distinguish among different types?
  • What is the difference between moods, emotions, feelings, affects and passions?
  • How can we overcome the difficulties of talking about emotions?
  • What can we learn from literature and philosophy?

The participants will gain valuable insights into the philosophical approach to emotions by engaging in a journey into the history of art and philosophy.

Selected paradigms from fine arts, literature and philosophy will become valuable tools for dealing with emotions in professional context.

This course, which has the character of a seminar and workshop, engages the methodology of philosophical practice, and will relate directly to the participants’ areas of practice upon previous notice.
No philosophical knowledge is required for the course.

Application deadline

Please note that the application deadline for Erasmus+ funding is the 5th of February 2021, 12:00 CET.

Fields of application
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Team building
  • Conflict Management
Designed for

Educational, Counseling & Consulting Professionals, as emotions are a catalyst and play a key role in all soft skills.


Day 1

  • Introduction to Philosophical Practice
  • Philosophical Practice as Counseling and Consulting Paradigm
  • How does Philosophical Practice work?
  • Methods of Philosophical Practice

Day 2

  • Introduction to Emotions
  • Theories of Emotions from Plato till now.
  • A brief History of Emotions
  • Types of Emotions.
  • How do we distinguish between different Types of Emotions and what for?

Day 3

  • Selected Readings (workshop)
  • Nietzsche: Emotions and Self-awareness
  • Rilke: Emotions and Bonding
  • Outcomes
  • Encoding and Decoding Emotions. How art helps

Day 4

  • Interventions with Emotions. How Language transforms Emotions.
  • Art Games
  • Application fields (Emotional Intelligence, Teambuilding, and Conflict Management)
  • Recapitulation
  • Open Space

Day 5

  • Practical implementation
  • Outdoor activity

Duration: 5 days

Dates: Upon request

Location: Athens, Greece

Participation fee

The fee for this course is 670 Euros. More information on these funding criteria can be found on our Erasmus+ Workshop pages.

It includes tuition fee and educational material, certificates of participation and Europasses, welcome cocktail, gala dinner, one week card for all means of transportation in the city of Athens, half day excursion to idyllic Neptune Temple at Sounion Cape ( in Attica seaside (or similar).

Accommodation and meals are not included in the above fee, but can be arranged by FRACTALITY at special price/low cost for half or full board, in three or four star hotels in the city center. We can always manage low prices for groups. Ask us about it!