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Between conviction and uncertainty [electronic resource] : philosophical guidelines for the practicing psychotherapist / Jerry N. Downing.

By: Downing, Jerry N, 1943-.
Series: SUNY series, alternatives in psychology: Publisher: Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York Press, c2000Description: 1 online resource (xii, 333 p.).ISBN: 9780791446270 (print); 058526676X (electronic bk.); 9780585266763 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Psychotherapy -- Philosophy | Psychotherapy | Philosophy | PSYCHOLOGY -- Psychotherapy -- GeneralGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Between conviction and uncertainty.DDC classification: 616.89/14/01 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Challenges from the Psychotherapy Literature: What Do Therapists Know? -- The Proliferation of Therapeutic Theories and Methods -- Historical and Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy -- The Empirical Literature on Psychotherapy -- Subjective Factors in Theory Construction, Selection, and Use -- Moral and Political Dimensions of Therapy Practice -- Challenges from Philosophy: What Can Therapists Know? -- Relevant Philosophical Terms and Trends -- A Formulation and Review of Philosophical Positions -- Postmodernist Implications for Nihilism and Relativism -- The Revelatory and Restrictive Functions of Psychotherapeutic Theories -- Misapplications of the Paradigm Concept to the Human Sciences -- Kuhn's History and Philosophy of Science as Psychology -- Comparisons to the Theories of George Kelly and Carl Rogers -- A Theory about Human Theories -- The Range of Philosophical Assumptions in Psychotherapeutic Theories -- Does the Objectivist-Constructivist Contrast Apply to Theories, Theorists/Therapists, or Therapeutic Practices? -- What Are the Varieties of "Constructivism" in Contemporary Psychotherapy? -- How Does the Objectivist-Constructivist Contrast Relate to Subjectivism and Transpersonalism? -- Philosophical Assumptions as Lived Modes of Knowing -- Toward the Integration of Philosophy and Lived Experience -- A Framework for Lived Modes of Knowing -- Lived Modes of Knowing in the Therapist's Experience -- The Realist Mode of Knowing -- The Representational Mode of Knowing -- The Perspectival Mode of Knowing.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-315) and indexes.

Challenges from the Psychotherapy Literature: What Do Therapists Know? -- The Proliferation of Therapeutic Theories and Methods -- Historical and Comparative Approaches to Psychotherapy -- The Empirical Literature on Psychotherapy -- Subjective Factors in Theory Construction, Selection, and Use -- Moral and Political Dimensions of Therapy Practice -- Challenges from Philosophy: What Can Therapists Know? -- Relevant Philosophical Terms and Trends -- A Formulation and Review of Philosophical Positions -- Postmodernist Implications for Nihilism and Relativism -- The Revelatory and Restrictive Functions of Psychotherapeutic Theories -- Misapplications of the Paradigm Concept to the Human Sciences -- Kuhn's History and Philosophy of Science as Psychology -- Comparisons to the Theories of George Kelly and Carl Rogers -- A Theory about Human Theories -- The Range of Philosophical Assumptions in Psychotherapeutic Theories -- Does the Objectivist-Constructivist Contrast Apply to Theories, Theorists/Therapists, or Therapeutic Practices? -- What Are the Varieties of "Constructivism" in Contemporary Psychotherapy? -- How Does the Objectivist-Constructivist Contrast Relate to Subjectivism and Transpersonalism? -- Philosophical Assumptions as Lived Modes of Knowing -- Toward the Integration of Philosophy and Lived Experience -- A Framework for Lived Modes of Knowing -- Lived Modes of Knowing in the Therapist's Experience -- The Realist Mode of Knowing -- The Representational Mode of Knowing -- The Perspectival Mode of Knowing.

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