David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Investigations 34 (1):22-54 (2011)
The paper develops and addresses a major challenge for therapeutic conceptions of philosophy of the sort increasingly attributed to Wittgenstein. To be substantive and relevant, such conceptions have to identify “diseases of the understanding” from which philosophers suffer, and to explain why these “diseases” need to be cured in order to resolve or overcome important philosophical problems. The paper addresses this challenge in three steps: With the help of findings and concepts from cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology, it redevelops the Wittgensteinian notion of “philosophical pictures.” Through a case study on seminal versions of familiar mind-body problems, it examines how such pictures shape philosophical reflection and generate ill-motivated but captivating problems. Third, it shows that philosophical pictures are constitutive of “diseases of the understanding,” in a quite strict sense of the term. On this basis, the paper explains when and why philosophical therapy is required
|Keywords||philosophical therapy therapeutic philosophy Ludwig Wittgenstein philosophical pictures diseases of the understanding|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
John Locke (2008/1995). An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. Oxford University Press.
George Lakoff (1980/2003). Metaphors We Live By. University of Chicago Press.
John R. Searle (1984). Minds, Brains and Science. Harvard University Press.
Ludwig Wittgenstein (1998). Philosophical Investigations. Wiley-Blackwell.
Citations of this work BETA
Konrad Banicki (2014). Philosophy as Therapy: Towards a Conceptual Model. Philosophical Papers 43 (1):7-31.
Benjamin De Mesel (2015). On Wittgenstein’s Comparison of Philosophical Methods to Therapies. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 23 (4):566-583.
Similar books and articles
Eugen Fischer (2011). How to Practise Philosophy as Therapy: Philosophical Therapy and Therapeutic Philosophy. Metaphilosophy 42 (1-2):49-82.
Eugen Fischer (2011). Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy: Outline of a Philosophical Revolution. Routledge.
Eugen Fischer (2006). Philosophical Pictures. Synthese 148 (2):469 - 501.
Eugen Fischer (2009). Philosophical Pictures and Secondary Qualities. Synthese 171 (1):77 - 110.
Eugen Fischer (2004). A Cognitive Self-Therapy : Pi 138-97. In Erich Ammereller & Eugen Fisher (eds.), Wittgenstein at Work: Method in the Philosophical Investigations. Routledge 86--126.
Rom Harré (2008). Grammatical Therapy and the Third Wittgenstein. Metaphilosophy 39 (4-5):484-491.
David Burton (2010). Curing Diseases of Belief and Desire: Buddhist Philosophical Therapy. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 85 (66):187-.
Eugen Fischer (2008). Wittgenstein's 'Non-Cognitivism' – Explained and Vindicated. Synthese 162 (1):53 - 84.
Charles Crittenden (1970). Wittgenstein on Philosophical Therapy and Understanding. International Philosophical Quarterly 10 (1):20-43.
Giuseppe Butera (2011). Thomas Aquinas and Cognitive Therapy: An Exploration of the Promise of the Thomistic Psychology. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 17 (4):347-366.
Donald Robertson (2010). The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (Cbt): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy. Karnac.
Daniel D. Hutto (2009). Philosophical Clarification, its Possibility and Point. Philosophia 37 (4):629–652.
Jeremy R. Simon (2011). How to Make Real, Constructive, Progress in Medicine. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 17 (5):847-851.
Added to index2010-10-28
Total downloads79 ( #42,746 of 1,726,249 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #183,615 of 1,726,249 )
How can I increase my downloads?