That Way Madness Lies: At the Intersection of Philosophy and Clinical Psychology

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I argue that philosophical practice is a clinically active and influential endeavor, with both positive (therapeutic) and negative (detrimental) psychological possibilities. Though some have explicitly taken the clinical aspects of philosophy into the therapeutic realm via the new field of philosophical counseling, I am interested in the clinical context of philosophers as philosophers, engaged in standard, philosophical pursuits. In arguing for the clinical implications of philosophical practice I consider the relation between philosophical despair and depression, the cognitive etiology of depression and other clinical disorders, selected DSM-IV entries, attribution theory, and cognitive therapy.

Keywords: DSM-IV; attribution theory; clinical psychology; cognitive therapy; critical thinking; depression; despair; madness; philosophy; rationality

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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