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The Practical Turn of Philosophy as Medicine of Soul: Maladies between Stoic Philosophy and Contemporary Psychiatry
Abstract: There is a long and rich dialogue between the ancient therapeutic practices of the Stoics and contemporary psychotherapeutic fields such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Nevertheless, little attention is being given to the pragmatic premises that link the curative operations and the operated world-view of these schools of thought. In this sense, my paper represents and attempt at shedding light on the methodology that grounds this very dialogue in the first place – that being an purely instrumentalist methodology.
Key Words: Stoicism, psychiatry, constructivism, mental disorders, DSM, instrumentalism
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