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Postdisciplinary Humanities & Social Sciences Quarterly

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Volume 22, Issue 2

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Questions for philosophical counselling

Blanka Šulavíková
  • Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dubravska cesta, Klemensova 19, 813 64, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2012-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-012-0013-4

Abstract

The article poses three questions relating to the self-definition of philosophical counselling: 1. Is it an alternative to psychological and psychotherapeutic approaches? 2. What is the therapeutic nature of philosophical counselling? 3. Is it contemplation or critical reasoning? The first part introduces some examples of the concepts that sharply distinguish philosophical counselling from psychological and psychotherapeutic approaches. It also considers those that mix these different approaches. The second part deals with the question of whether or not philosophical counselling can be considered to be a therapy. Some philosophical counsellors work on the belief that there is a synchrony between modern philosophical counselling and the classical conception of philosophy as therapy. Many, however, are of the opinion that it is not possible to speak of it in terms of therapy. The third part gives examples of the way in which philosophical counselling is understood to be contemplation and on the other hand of those who employ approaches based on critical thinking in philosophical counselling.

Keywords: philosophical counselling; therapy; critical thinking; contemplative philosophy

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Published Online: 2012-03-20

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Citation Information: Human Affairs, Volume 22, Issue 2, Pages 131–141, ISSN (Online) 1337-401X, ISSN (Print) 1210-3055, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13374-012-0013-4.

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