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Although philosophy has become a purely academic discipline over the last few centuries, it once played an important role in the politics of many Western nations. Now, the end of the 20th century, philosophy seems to be returning to its original, practical purposes, thanks to the new practice of philosophical counseling, which is now emerging as an alternative to psychoanalysis and other clinical approaches. This volume describes the main theoretical aspects of this practice based on an open-ended dialogue between a philosophical practitioner and a client or a group, and places it in a historical context, while contrasting it with various forms of psychological counseling. To illustrate how philosophy can be beneficial, the author, a practicing philosophical counselor, also presents several case studies from her own practice.
- Table of Contents
Philosophy as an Alternative Practice
Classic Instances of Philosophy as Practice
Philosophical Narratives of Lives
Philosophy Practice Portrayed
Schuster's book can serve as a helpful introduction both to potential clients and also those who might want to try becoming philosophical counselors themselves
I found the case histories at the end of the book to be especially interesting, as they demonstrate ways in which philosophical issues can be woven into the daliy worries we all face....It will be of interest to therapists with a philosophical bent.
The challenging and questioning nature of the material makes it a very useful book, not only for existential psychotherapists but for all of us.