Some philosophies can console: An old but forgotten message

Thesis: Since Socrates, western philosophy has been concerned with the study of humankind, with a strong emphasis on how we ought to live and why. Philosophy, in its multiple forms and expressions, has enabled many to pursue their lives with greater depth, richness, and variety; yet it can also act as a therapeutic method for the achievement of a healthier life. Asking and answering philosophical questions such as How best ought I live?, What is the meaning of my life in relation to the whole?, Why should I live?, What constitutes a healthy life? can act as therapeutic entryways, not only within the parameters of ones own mind or in a university classroom, but also within a health care/therapy context.Philosophy, both as subject and method, is a powerful, largely unrecognized, therapeutic instrument for social medicine, an instrument whose application in various health care settings could benefit those – patient and staff – in need of consolation and support when they need it most.
Keywords philosophy  logotherapy  therapy
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Reprint years 2004
DOI 10.1023/A:1009998205110
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