The Philosopher as Pathogenic Agent, Patient, and Therapist: The Case of William James

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One way to understand philosophy as a form of therapy is this: it involves a philosopher who is trying to cure himself. He has been drawn into a certain philosophical frame of mind—the ‘disease’—and has thus infected himself with this illness. Now he is sick and trying to employ philosophy to cure himself. So philosophy is both: the ailment and the cure. And the philosopher is all three: pathogenic agent, patient, and therapist.
Keywords William James  Philosophy as Therapy
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DOI 10.1017/S1358246109990300
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