From Philosophy to Psychotherapy: A Phenomenological Model for Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

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University of Toronto Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 417 pages
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Presenting a highly innovative exploration of the relationship between philosophical and psychological issues, Edwin L. Hersch argues that psychological theories and practices inescapably rest upon a series of philosophical positions - whether they are acknowledged and reflected upon or not. To examine this proposition Hersch develops his Hierarchy of Levels of Theoretical or Philosophical Inquiry Method, which involves the systematic consideration of a series of philosophical questions pertaining to the ontological, general epistemological, field-specific epistemological, and psychological stances adopted (either explicitly or implicitly) by any particular psychological theory. By using this hierarchical framework the book then attempts to develop a new approach to psychological theory and psychotherapeutic practice based largely on the premises of phenomenological philosophy.

The scope of the book cuts across a variety of theoretical and professional disciplinary approaches within the broad psychological field in demonstrating the relevance of certain philosophical issues for all of them. Clinicians, theorists and students in the psychological field are presented with a palatable introduction to the importance and inevitability of dealing with philosophy in pursuing their own work. Furthermore, his philosophical explications of a variety of psychological theories provides a new tool with which to better understand, compare, or assess any internal inconsistencies.

  

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Contents

Know Thy Philosophical Self
3
THE GROUNDWORK AND FOUNDATION
21
Our Basic Position or Relation to Reality
39
THE FRAMEWORK
61
Beginnings of a General Epistemology Based on a NonDualistic
68
The BeamofLight Model
74
The Phenomenology of Human Experience Impli
80
How Do We Validate or Assign TruthValue
92
Psychotherapy and Encounters
215
A Reinterpreta
227
Summary
261
The BeamsofLightthrough
264
A Traditional
278
Summary
295
Primarily NonPsychoanalytic Psychological Theories
324
The BeamsofLightthroughTime Model
337

Coherence
100
THE BASIC
117
The BeamsofLightthroughTime Model Extended
133
How Do We Validate What
152
The Search for an Appropriate Set of Validation Criteria Applicable
165
THE FINISHED LIVING
173
Philosophy Is Unavoidable
345
Glossary
351
Notes
367
Index
383
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Edwin L. Hersch is a psychiatrist /psychotherapist in private practice.

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