Theory and Practice
by Dr. Peter B. Raabe
Philosophical counseling is a rapidly growing new field of practice that has its roots in antiquity. It consists of a trained philosopher helping a person to think things through when, for example, values seem to conflict, when reasoning about a problem becomes trapped in a circle, or when life seems unexpectedly meaningless. But early practitioners were reluctant to ascribe any sort of method to philosophical counseling for fear of unintentionally restricting its practice. This has led to the publication of a number of conflicting accounts of what philosophical counseling is and ought to be. Raabe presents an overview of the various theories that are said to guide its practice and compares these with accounts of actual counseling sessions from around the world. He then provides a carefully developed model of method in philosophical counseling which resolves theoretical contradictions and integrates seemingly conflicting reports of practice. Raabe also offers a number of detailed case studies to illustrate the effectiveness of this new model in real-life counseling situations.
While this book may serve as an excellent text for courses in psychology, counseling, and philosophy, or as a reference for practitioners, its clear structure and readable style makes it an accessible book for anyone with an interest in knowing more about philosophical counseling.
Also available in Korean, Complex Chinese, Italian, and Japanese translations.
The Korean National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has selected the translation of Peter Raabe’s book Philosophical Counseling: Theory and Practice as one of the outstanding books of 2011. The NAS allocates a maximum amount of 15,000,000 won (approx. $15,000 CDN) per book to purchase this book and distribute it to universities, public libraries, and research centres throughout the nation.
PART II: A NEW MODEL
PART III: PRACTICE
Some Differences Between Psychotherapy and Philosophical Counseling
Other Books by Dr. Peter Raabe
Copyright 2012 Dr. Peter B. Raabe