Philosophical Practice

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Overview

This book provides a look at philosophical practice from the viewpoint of the practitioner or prospective practitioner. It answers the questions: What is philosophical practice? What are its aims and methods? How does philosophical counseling differ from psychological counseling and other forms of psychotherapy. How are philosophical practitioners educated and trained? How do philosophical practitioners relate to other professions? What are the politics of philosophical practice? How does one become a practitioner? What is APPA Certification? What are the prospects for philosophical practice in the USA and elsewhere?
Handbook of Philosophical Practice provides an account of philosophy's current renaissance as a discipline of applied practice while critiquing the historical, social, and cultural forces which have contributed to its earlier descent into obscurity.

Audience: Actual or would-be practicing philosophical practitioners with backgrounds in philosophy; practicing counselors and therapists from non-philosophical backgrounds such as physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book deserves to get a wide readership..."
-THE JOURNAL OF MIND AND BEHAVIOR

"Informed, engaged, polemical, amusing, concerned and passionate. Read it."
-Alex Howard, author of Philosophy for Counseling and Psychotherapy

"This book is impressive and very well written... There is no question about the excellence and timeliness of this contribution"
-Peter Koestenbaum, author of Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124715554
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/8/2001
  • Pages: 411
  • Product dimensions: 1.13 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lou Marinoff, a Commonwealth Scholar, earned his doctorate in Philosophy of Science at University College London. After holding Research Fellowships at University College and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he became a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, and was also Moderator of the Canadian Business and Professional Ethics Network at UBC's Center for Applied Ethics. He is currently an Associate Professor, and Chair of the Philosophy Department, at The City College of New York. Lou has been a philosophical practitioner for ten years. He is past president of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling and Psychotherapy (ASPCP), and founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA). He is a Fellow of the Institute for Local Government at the University of Arizona, and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum (Davos). He publishes regularly in decision theory, ethics, philosophical practice, and other fields. He is author of an international best-seller, Plato Not Prozac (HarperCollins, NY, 1999), published in twenty languages. His philosophical practice and pioneering of the profession have received national and international media attention. In demand as a speaker to all kinds of groups and organizations, Lou travels far and wide, helping to promote a global philosophical renaissance.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations of Philosophical Practice:
Stand-up Philosophy.
Is Philosophy a Way of Life?
Why is Philosophy Regaining Popularity?
Part II: Modes of Philosophical Practice:
Two Meanings of Meditation.
Client Counseling.
Philosophy with Groups—and Groupies.
The Corporate Philosopher.
Part III: Professionalization of Philosophical Practice:
Pioneering Versus Pedagogy.
The Making of a Profession.
Recognition Versus Regulation.
Part IV: Marketing of Philosophical Practice:
IRB Approval of Research Programs.
Hanging Out a Counseling Shingle.
Opportunities for Facilitators.
Opportunities for Consultants.
Part V: Politics of Philosophical Practice:
Friends and Foes of Philosophical Practice.
International and Interprofessional Relations.
Making and Breaking News.
References.
Appendices:
APPA Membership Information.
Directory of APPA-Certified Practitioners.
Directory of Organizations.
Select Bibliography on Philosophical Practice.
Scholarly Journals.
Index.

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