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    Rights statement: 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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Socratic questioning in alien landscapes?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Applied Philosophy
Issue number5
Volume34
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)724-729
Publication statusPublished
Early online date29/03/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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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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.