The Schopenhauer Cure (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 384 pages
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Suddenly confronted with his own mortality after a routine checkup, eminent psychotherapist Julius Hertzfeld is forced to reexamine his life and work -- and seeks out Philip Slate, a sex addict whom he failed to help some twenty years earlier. Yet Philip claims to be cured -- miraculously transformed by the pessimistic teachings of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer -- and is, himself, a philosophical counselor in training. Philips dour, misanthropic stance compels Julius to invite Philip to join his intensive therapy group in exchange for tutoring on Schopenhauer. But with mere months left, life may be far too short to help Philip or to compete with him for the hearts and minds of the group members. And then again, it might be just long enough.


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User Review  - Lisa Butterworth - Goodreads

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, but so much unacknowledged unexamined sexism. It left me feeling like all these "great men" and their "great minds" need a swift kick in the balls. Read full review

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User Review  - Otto Lehto - Goodreads

- an intriguing and thrilling, if somewhat unrealistic tale of life and death. - contains a wonderful and non-deterministic dialogue between the philosophy of Schopenhauer and the therapeutic practice ... Read full review

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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., is the author of Love's Executioner, Momma and the Meaning of Life, Lying on the Couch, The Schopenhauer Cure, When Nietzsche Wept, as well as several classic textbooks on psychotherapy, including The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, considered the foremost work on group therapy. The Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Stanford University, he divides his practice between Palo Alto, where he lives, and San Francisco, California.

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