Philosophical Counseling

Mike W. Martin

in From Morality to Mental Health

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780195304718
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786572 | DOI:

Series: Practical and Professional Ethics

 Philosophical Counseling

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This chapter applies the moral-therapeutic perspective to philosophical counseling. Philosophical counseling applies ethical perspectives, critical thinking, and other philosophical resources to help individuals pursue meaningful lives and cope with personal problems. Philosophical counselors embraced a morality-therapy dichotomy in order to distinguish their moral-oriented endeavors from the health-oriented work of psychotherapists. Philosophical counseling becomes more coherent by embracing an integrated, moral-therapeutic perspective centered on the themes of healthy morality, responsibility for health, and moral-laden mental health.

Keywords: meaningful life; helping; psychotherapy; philosophical counseling; ethical perspectives

Chapter.  3184 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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