Eclecticus

Eclecticus

Eclecticus is my centre for research, advice, education and prevention.

My multi-disciplinary methodology is composed of 5 complementary disciplines:

  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Geography
  • Haptonomy
  • Spirituality

I specialize in:

  • Science of Affectivity: happerceptive sensitivity and psycho-tactile-contact
  • Science of the Human Spirit: the functioning and laws of the Human Spirit

My core compentences:

  • Affectivity
  • Authenticity
  • Imagination
  • Truth-seeking
  • Wisdom
  • Ethics
  • Selflesness

What is an Eclectic?

An eclectic is a sage or philosopher who does not commit to one specific system, but who chooses what he considers most relevant from different systems and combines this into something new.

The eclectic heritage

Eclecticism is the manner applied by the eclectic, to assume thought modes, working methods, styles and/or motives from their ancestors or others and melt that together to form something new.
In later Greek philosophy, Eclecticism rose from the struggle between many schools, which eventually led to a blend of the different opinions. The later followers of the Academy and the Stoa in particular showed eclectic tendencies. The great masters of the Mid-Stoa, Panaitios and Poseidonios were typical eclectics. This was also the case with Karneades, the founder of the New Academy.
On the Roman side, Seneca regarded himself as a stoic, but he also liked to show off his eclecticism. Cicero was an eclectic academic. Throughout Rome’s imperial age, most philosophers were eclectics; only neoplatonism was still developed by Antiquity as one last, original philosophy, but this also was founded on eclectic principles.
In modern times we can regard Leibniz as an eclectic. He was of the opinion that practically all systems could eventually be reconciled, if certain corrections were made.
The philosophers of the Enlightenment were, in essence, eclectic. Cousin led Eclecticism to great acclaim in France in the first half of the 19th century. Cousin believed he could bridge the gap between Hume’s empiricism and Schelling and Hegel’s metaphysics. What he actually did was paying tribute to a blunt spiritualism and rejecting sensualism and materialism.

The word Eclecticism is used in the pejorative sense when the philosophy does not form a whole but actually consists of separate fragments of thought.

Eclecticism in health care

We speak of eclectic therapy when the therapist does not limit himself to one school but chooses the most suitable elements or techniques to treat the client or the problem, from a variety of schools.
In our health care system, an eclectic therapy is generally chosen.

 

 Eclectic Imagination

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