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ERIC Number: ED407625
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 14
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Philosophical Counseling and the Search for Wisdom.
Lahav, Ran
The discipline of philosophical counseling is a relatively young field. The nature of philosophical counseling, and the search for wisdom on which it is based, is explored here. Philosophical counseling is a process, based on philosophizing, in which the counselor aids the counselee in a personal journey directed at education and wisdom. Such a search for wisdom is particularly important as traditional frameworks of values and meanings are collapsing, a condition which is usually associated with the postmodern world. Philosophical counseling, therefore, in its search for wisdom, is fundamentally different from traditional forms of psychotherapy. While other techniques of psychotherapy focus on uncovering and modifying psychic elements in the person, philosophical counseling focuses on the encounter between the person and the realities that extend beyond him or her, a search for the foundations of human reality which are manifested through explorations of networks of basic ideas. Such an approach avoids society's tendency to overemphasize the psychological perspective to the neglect of other perspectives, allowing a person to rise beyond self-centered concerns and specific interests. A case study is presented to illustrate how philosophical counseling can be used in a therapy session. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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