Philosophy Practice

An Alternative to Counseling and Psychotherapy

by Shlomit C. Schuster


Describes the new practice of philosophical counseling, which is now emerging as an alternative to psychotherapy.

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August 1999


Pages 224
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
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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

PrefaceTheoretical ViewsPhilosophy as an Alternative PracticeClassic Instances of Philosophy as PracticePhilosophical CarePhilosophical Narratives of LivesPhilosophy Practice PortrayedDanielSimoneYoniDavidYaelaSarahWilliamNataliePostscriptBibliographyIndex



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—Metapsychology: Mental Health Net

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.—American Journal of Psychotherapy

The challenging and questioning nature of the material makes it a very useful book, not only for existential psychotherapists but for all of us.—The Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis

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