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Catholic Social Science Review

Volume 10, 2005

Christopher J. Thompson
Pages 41-52
DOI: 10.5840/cssr2005103

Preliminary Remarks Toward A Constructive Encounter Between St. Thomas and Clinical Psychology

This article address the ways in which contemporary psychologists might usefully engage in a dialogue with Catholic philosophers and theologians influenced by the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. The specific point of common agreement and vision between these diverse approaches lies in the general notion that human action is directed toward an end which the individual judges to be good in some sense. Despite the considerable differences in foundational issues, both the clinical psychologist and Thomist are perhaps able to come to a constructive, common vision around the notion that all human action is directed toward the achievement of some good.