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Peter Raabe

Dr. Peter Raabe

Professor Emeritus


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I was born in 1949 in Montabauer, Germany and have lived in Canada since 1957. I won numerous public speaking awards in both elementary and high school. The high point of my varied working life was the International Investigative Journalism Award I won during the five years I spent working as an interviewer in professional radio broadcasting. It was during this time that I realized I had a passion for researching, learning, counselling, and teaching. Areas of expertise include mental health; psychotherapy and counselling.

I have a private practice in philosophical counselling in which philosophical discussion is used to help individuals deal with life problems and issues. My work on is featured in an article in the Spring 2011 edition of UFV's Skookum magazine, titled "'Not-So-Crazy' Talk."


PhD, University of British Columbia, 1999
MA, University of British Columbia, 1995
BA (Hons), University of British Columbia, 1994 

Teaching Interests

Critical Thinking/Reasoning (PHIL 100)

Ethics (PHIL 110)

Metaphysics and Epistemology (PHIL 120)

Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 322)

Philosophy for Counselors (PHIL 367)

Research Interests

Philosophy as it enriches mental healthcare; psychiatry; psychotherapy; clinical psychology; counseling.  Philosophy of mind.


:: My Books ::

1. Women in Philosophical Counseling. Northvale, NJ.: Lexington. (2015).

2. Philosophy’s Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy. Northvale, NJ.: Jason Aronson. 2013.

3. Philosophical Counseling and the Unconscious. Amherst, NY: Trivium Publications,  2006.

4. Issues in Philosophical Counseling. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing (Praeger),2002.

5. Philosophical Counseling: Theory and Practice. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing (Praeger), 2001. Also in Italian and Japanese trans.

:: My Book Chapters ::

"Philosophy Revalued in Mental Healthcare." In Practicing Philosophy. Aleksandar Fatic and Lydia Amir eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publications, 2015.

"Happiness Pills: Philosophy Versus the Chemical Solution." In Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy. Elliot D. Cohen and Samuel Zinaich eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

:: My Peer-reviewed Journal Essays ::

 No Mind is an Island.” In International Journal of Philosophical Practice. National Philosophical Counselling Association, Philosophy Documentation Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, Vol. 7, Issue 1, Spring 2021.

“Philosophy as Education and Mental Healthcare.” In The Korean Journal of Humanities Therapy. The Korean Society of Philosophical Practice. Kangwon National University, South Korea. Vol. 9, No. 2. 2018.

“The Artificial Therapist (AT–version 1.0): Promises and Problems.” In Philosophical Practice and Counseling. The Korean Society of Philosophical Practice. Kangwon National University, South Korea. Vol. 8. December 31, 2018.

“Philosophy as Education and Mental Healthcare.” in “Philosophy for Students” inUniversity and College Counselling. Published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. March, 2018. Lutterworth , UK. pp. 10-16.

“Reflections on Practice.” In Philosophical Practice and Counseling. The Korean Society of Philosophical Practice. Kangwon National University, South Korea. Vol. 7, 2018. pp. 5-48.

“Blaming the Victim: Mental Illness and the Just Society.” in Journal of Philosophical Practice. Journal of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. New York: Vol. 11 No. 1. March, 2016. pp. 1704-1710.

… and many more…

:: My Professional Award :: 

The Korean National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has selected the Korean translation of my 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 centers throughout the nation. 


Additional Links

Truth About Antidepressants

Philosophy's Role in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Video presentations by Peter Raabe:  Change Your Mind, Change Your Brain?

Women in Philosophical Counseling 

Read an article about Peter's work at UFV


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