It seems that you and Mr. Baron (message above) agree. Richard would seek the counsel of an "Aristotelian philosophical counselor" A prospective counselor could be tested on his or her knowledge of a subject matter
, Aristotelian philosophy.
But, regarding a "philosophical counselor", can a person be tested in the subject matter
of philosophy in general
for the purpose of discerning competence in counseling?
Is there a 'general philosophical content' (knowledge) that all philosophical counselors could use instead of "Aristotelian philosophy", or "Spinozan phiosophy", etc.? A content that even Richard Rorty would accept for the purpose of counseling?
And can a testing agency devise a test that will reliably measure the examinee's knowledge of such content? I say 'no'. A body of knowledge that Richard's counselor could use instead of "Aristotelian philosophy".
If I'm correct, doesn't the "philosophical counselor" then just articulate and practice a skill
, i. e., critical thinking
, rather than a body of knowledge?
At this point, you might suspect that I am skeptical in principle of the practice of philosophical counseling for money.
Its a scam