Socratic questioning in alien landscapes?

Cooper, Rachel Valerie (2017) Socratic questioning in alien landscapes? Journal of Applied Philosophy, 34 (5). pp. 724-729. ISSN 0264-3758

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This commentary considers the role of Socratic questioning in Alien Landscapes? I discuss the three roles that Glover sees Socratic questioning playing in psychiatry: 1. Questioning to clarify problems, 2. Questioning to treat symptoms, 3. Questioning to reconstruct lives. Although I am broadly sympathetic to the idea that philosophical conversations can help us conceptualise, and deal with, mental distress, I raise two concerns. First, is there any way of providing courses of transformative Socratic questioning cheaply (e.g. through manualisation)? Second, how close is the connection between helping individuals to develop systems of belief and value that fit epistemic norms and helping them to live flourishing lives?

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Journal of Applied Philosophy
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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cooper, R. (2017), Socratic Questioning in Alien Landscapes?. J Appl Philos, 34: 724–729. doi:10.1111/japp.12210 which has been published in final form at DOI 10.1111/japp.12210. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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