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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2003

M. Carmela Epright
Pages 17-22
DOI: 10.5840/pcw200310226

Philosophical Counseling
A Paradigm for Clinical Medical Ethics?

In this paper I will move away from what has become the "traditional" approach to writing and thinking about philosophical counseling - I will not compare and contrast the virtues of the philosophical and psychological paradigms, nor will I attempt to defend philosophical counseling against its critics. Instead, I will use the methods and practices employed by philosophical counselors as a paradigm to inform and govern another philosophical practice, that is, clinical medical ethics. I will show that clinical ethics and philosophical counseling share many common attributes, and argue that each discipline has much to offer to the other.