Philosophy Outside the Academy

Inquiry 14 (2):58-69 (1994)
I suggest that the current interest in philosophical counseling is comparable to the situation in the Sixties when many philosophy graduates entertained false hopes of nonacademic philosophical employment. I describe my own experience as a welfare worker, in the course of which my philosophical training proved useful in various ways; I maintain, though, that there was nothing especially philosophical in this. I then consider some ways in which philosophical counseling might be distinctively philosophical. I conclude that philosophical training, as we know it, is in any case inadequate for philosophical counseling and would need to be supplemented by psychological and other training.
Keywords philosophical counselling  applied philosophy  nonacademic  therapy
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DOI 10.5840/inquiryctnews199414219
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