The philosophy of the work of a private detective in Madrid: take nothing for granted and question everything

A private detective in Madrid is primarily a professional: a person committed to his work and the work that is done on a daily basis. The philosophy of a private detective as a professional is based in part on the definitions of the company on how they perform their duties and partly on individual definitions. Many factors may influence intrinsically and extrinsically on the perception people have of the complex job of a private investigator. What is the key element in the intrinsic philosophical understanding of this profession? Certainly putting everything into question. Continuous curiosity and being skeptical in regard to facts. We at Monopol Detectives believe that it is interesting to dwell a little bit more on the philosophy of private detectives in Madrid that guides the steps of our performance.

Understanding the philosophy of work

The word philosophy itself means love of knowledge. As a science, it is dedicated to studying the knowledge as a whole, to seek the reason of things, to find it using reflection. However, the word can have different connotations and meanings depending on the context in which it is used. One of them is about reflecting the full spirit of an activity: its ultimate purpose and all reasons. For example, one can speak in this sense of the philosophy of sport, the philosophy of education, etc. In such cases, the term philosophy serves as a concept that includes the reason for the existence of such activity, their motives, their characteristics and objectives.

Etymological definition of the word philosophy


When we talk about the philosophy of a particular profession, the philosophy of work, it is about the essential characteristics of the daily performance of the profession, its goals towards society and the objectives that people in their work develop individually and collectively.For example, if we talk about the nurses, we can say that the philosophy of nursing is based on trust, compassion and professionalism. Those three words define the actions that nurses perform daily in caring for their patients. What is needed to do their job. What motivates them to start their day every day.It is in this sense that we are talking about the philosophy of a private detective: What do individually identifies the work of private detectives? What ethical principles and what objective for society do they as a profession have?And the answer can be obtained logically, as it is obvious. A private detective in Madrid, in Spain or anywhere in the world pursues the truth. The profession of private investigators makes them true experts in all types of inquiries, searches, investigations and comparisons to detect the true facts that customers seek. Such truths can be of any kind: from the location or whereabouts of a person, to the authoritative history of presenting a candidate for a job title. The important thing is that the researcher investigates to find those true and sustainable facts. And this philosophical pillar of the work of a private detective, finds its support and industry skepticism.


Skepticism about everything

Another term like the term philosophy, that has an etymology from the Greek, is the term skepticism based on the word “skepsis” which is Greek for research, doubt, inquiry. As the term philosophy, skepticism refers to the inability to find the absolute truth. A term that truly defines the complexity of the job of a private detective, who must make inquiries, find the facts needed, question everything, while not taking into consideration any facts until they are proven to be true.

Cuestionarlo todo, con fundamentos: esencial en la filosofía de un detective privado


And here is one of the major complications in the daily work of a private detective: sometimes the starting point with which one faces is not a proven fact. That is, sometimes there are clients who provide the wrong facts as a starting point for research. Or half-truth. Sometimes people are embarrassed to accept that they require the services of a private detective. This is due to the myth of the profession in film and television, which means that people often have an idealized image but also feel a bit intimidated by the work of a private detective. So they do not give all the initial information, they conceal or disguise elements. That is why the skepticism, that is part of the philosophy of a private detective casts doubt on everything, including the facts presented in the beginning, in order to obtain the evidence and facts that the client requests.This ability to doubt everything becomes an inherent feature of the daily work of private detective and it is forcing them to use all the techniques and different technology to discover what has been entrusted tools, and above all, to support each element of the final report with evidence to support the veracity of the facts.The rule must always be followed “take nothing for granted, and question everything.” Prejudice and habit of assuming truth before testing it is the number one enemy of a professional private detective. These two may interfere with the work or even lead to a failure to reach conclusion and solve a case.For example, a detective, who is investigating fraud in an insurance company, may have to follow a woman who is said to be pregnant. A private detective will not assume that this pregnancy is real. He will have to doubt this initial fact. This is not cruel, it is not ill will: it is simply a part of the philosophy of this profession. It is also what allows a private detective to start each investigation as if it were a blank page, which will eventually help him get more accurate and even faster results.

Prejudice that is easily ignored (and therefore the person usually is not aware of it) it is to think that personal investigations are simpler than business investigations. There are no easy investigations, and being aware of it is part of this ongoing skepticism that should characterize the work of a private detective.

The ability to question everything and obtain information

This skepticism cannot travel alone in the daily work of a private detective. Whether it is about detecting the authentic use of the tenant living in a rented property, or finding a biological parent of someone who grew up as a foster child, a private detective is nothing without its ability to investigate and get to the bottom of the questions imposed on him.

The ideal complement to the ability to accept that truth is hard to find and which must be sought with tenacity, is the technique to do it, and that is what the daily work of a detective is about.

We have mentioned this several times in out Monopol Detectives blog, for example, when talking about the gadgets that are used by private detectives: even if they use cutting-edge technology and resolve many technical difficulties, they are nothing without the technical tune of a detective. Study, train and preparation to obtain the information sought are continuous tasks for a detective. A detective must know how to deal with people, how to question them, and yet maintain anonymity. He must be able to perform Internet searches and wonder door to door. He will be able to discern the valuable information in social networks, but also to simply follow a person. All of these capabilities are not created from nothing, as they are based on solid grounds in professional, ethical and technological sense, that each certified detective agency, such as Monopol, must possess. That is why there is a law regulating the work of a private detective in Spain: the refined technique is legally valid and thus complements the inquisitorial character which is closely rooted in the philosophy of a private investigator.

Away from the ethical grey areas

The ethics of a private detective is their leverage. The daily work behavior and the ability to make ethical decisions on the go is one of the philosophical pillars of this profession. The question is to properly discern the different levels that underlie the statements and requests from customers and then maintain this direct approach in order to obtain the required information. We say that the ethical behavior of the private detective is critical in terms of philosophy and it is something every professional private investigation should have: the layer of brightness that determines who is an amateur detective and who is a true professional.

Finally, the reputation

All the elements we have described as pillars of the philosophy of a private detective are stacked on each other to build the reputation that a private detective agency has and every investigator in particular. This is so hard to build, so you need to pay attention to every interview with a potential client, to the way you obtain the results, to the way you present the results to the clients, and to the feedback obtained from the clients. Sometimes, professional detectives are forced to reject cases because they do not adhere to their code of ethics. Or even to suspend their participation in a case if the client demands from the detective to behave in a way which is likely to make him risk his reputation. It is not easy, but it is something very delicate for a private detective, who will not be willing to give up. It is your cover letter and represents the implementation of the principles that give strength to the professional activities.

La reputación se construye día a día

The philosophy of the private detective is the skeleton upon which their daily actions are built day after day, with robust tools facing the wide variety of cases they can come across, with their ethical and legal intricacies, their technical difficulties and the responsibility that demands a profession that faces its practitioners with difficult situations in their personal and enterprise levels.