Philosophical Practice

Philosophical Practice

1st Edition - September 24, 2001

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  • Author: Lou Marinoff
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080513768

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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.


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.

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.
    APPA Membership Information.
    Directory of APPA-Certified Practitioners.
    Directory of Organizations.
    Select Bibliography on Philosophical Practice.
    Scholarly Journals.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 411
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2001
  • Published: September 24, 2001
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080513768

About the Author

Lou Marinoff

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

The City College of New York, U.S.A.

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