Pierre earlier presented these ideas at a conference in Athens, Greece, in June of 2004, and a reprint of that conference paper is also available here. This APPA article is a distillation of that conference paper, with many of the quotes removed and much shorter.
Pierre is the inventor of philosophical midwifery in its modern sense, and has been practicing it since his days with Alan Watts in the 1950's. His book, Philosophical Midwifery: A New Paradigm for Understanding Human Problems, with Regina Uliana PhD, was published in 1998 (ISBN-10 softcover: 0-9648191-1-2; hardcover 0-9648191-2-0) and is available from Hyparxis Press.
The discovery of a rational way for effectively resolving problems encountered in the quest for personal excellence has far reaching implications for philosophy and culture. As a new paradigm for understanding human problems, philosophical practice using philosophical midwifery constitutes a major shift of emphasis that returns reason and the arena of mind to the center of our concerns. Philosophical midwifery, an extension of Socratic midwifery, is non-interpretive dialogical exploration for overcoming the blocks in the struggle to achieve excellence. The method of Philosophical Midwifery (PM) surfaces unsuspected false beliefs, discovers what factors made them believable, accounts for what maintains them and, in recognizing the way they function, brings about their dissolution. Following the methods of PM, this paper describes Achilles’ problem in terms of the present situation that manifested the problem, the pathologos (sick belief) state of mind, the transmission scene, dealing with the consequences of the pathologos problem, and reconciliation with oneself (in this case, the funeral games and Priam).