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What can we learn from philosophers when working as a coach? – Bataille

Bijgewerkt op: 5 dec. 2022

George Bataille was a French philosopher who wrote extensively on topics ranging from religion and ethics to art and sexuality. His work can provide some useful insights for coaches.

Firstly, Bataille's ideas on transgression can be useful for coaches who are helping their clients to break out of their comfort zones and explore uncharted territory. Bataille believed that transgression was essential for breaking through boundaries and accessing new forms of knowledge and experience.



Secondly, Bataille's philosophy of excess can also offer insight into how coaches can help their clients to move beyond the typical limits of their everyday lives. According to Bataille, giving oneself over to excess can lead to profound experiences of joy and freedom.He labelled the latter as sovereignty, as opposed to autonomy, which he saw as more economic, goal and purpose oriented.


Finally, Bataille's ideas on art and aesthetics can provide coaches with a valuable perspective on how creativity and beauty can be used as a tool for personal growth. Bataille believed that art could be used to explore the depths of the human experience and to access new forms of knowledge.


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