ERIC Number: EJ783369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 49
Neopragmatic Thought and Counseling Values: Reconsidering the Role of Values in Counseling from an Alternative Epistemological Foundation
Hansen, James T.
Counseling and Values, v52 n2 p100 Jan 2008
The history of Western philosophical thought has been dominated by the search for transcendent truth. As a consequence of this history, various epistemological dualisms (such as fact/value and appearance/reality) have come to structure modes of inquiry. Reliance on such dualisms has resulted in a degradation of values discourse, which, along with other "soft" forms of inquiry, is often viewed as epistemologically inferior to the "hard" sciences. However, particularly within the last century, philosophers have proposed compelling challenges to these dualisms, which, in turn, have massive implications for values discourse. These challenges are overviewed, and implications for values discourse within the counseling profession are discussed.
Descriptors: Religion, Counselors, Adolescents, Philosophy, Epistemology, Values, Counseling, Discourse Modes
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