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


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This introductory chapter begins by laying out the theoretical foundations of this book, namely, that (1) sound morality is healthy; (2) we are responsible for our health, mental as well as physical; and (3) moral values permeate psychotherapy and conceptions of mental health. It then considers some moral controversies, such as drugs, homosexuality, and child abuse that illustrate the cultural ambivalence about how morality and mental health are related. The integration of morality and therapy, and pragmatism and virtue ethics are discussed.

Keywords: mental health; moral values; therapy; pragmatism; virtue ethics

Chapter.  4769 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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