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Philosophie als medicina mentis? Zu den Voraussetzungen und Grenzen eines umstrittenen Philosophiebegriffs


Renz, Ursula (2010). Philosophie als medicina mentis? Zu den Voraussetzungen und Grenzen eines umstrittenen Philosophiebegriffs. Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 58(1):17-30.

Abstract

In ancient as well as in early modern theories of emotion, philosophy is often described as some kind of therapy. However, the assumption that philosophical reflection can influence our emotional life is only plausible, if the following requirements are met. First, one has to defend a realist account of self-knowledge. Second, one must allow for some kind of constructivism in regard to the description of one′s own experience. Finally, one has to maintain a strictly cognitivist conception of emotion. The article discusses these three conditions and shows that, while the idea of a therapeutic influence of philosophical reflection is valid in principle, it is only of a restricted use.

Abstract

In ancient as well as in early modern theories of emotion, philosophy is often described as some kind of therapy. However, the assumption that philosophical reflection can influence our emotional life is only plausible, if the following requirements are met. First, one has to defend a realist account of self-knowledge. Second, one must allow for some kind of constructivism in regard to the description of one′s own experience. Finally, one has to maintain a strictly cognitivist conception of emotion. The article discusses these three conditions and shows that, while the idea of a therapeutic influence of philosophical reflection is valid in principle, it is only of a restricted use.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:German
Date:2010
Deposited On:08 Feb 2011 18:56
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 05:11
Publisher:Akademie-Verlag
ISSN:0012-1045
Official URL:http://www.oldenbourg-link.com/toc/dzph/58/1
Related URLs:http://www.oldenbourg-link.com/loi/dzph (Publisher)

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