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Psychotherapy and Morality: A Study of Two Concepts


reviewed by B. Paul Komisar 1966

coverTitle: Psychotherapy and Morality: A Study of Two Concepts
Author(s): J. Margolis
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This is not the first study of moral judgments in psychotherapy (Margolis comments on the relevant literature), but other probes have been blunt-edged and have tended to muddle the phenomena in the course of exposing them. What is new in this book is the use of skills of linguistic analysis, especially analytic ethics, to do the job. To my knowledge this has not been tried before; and discounting some objections to results and manner of treatment, Margolis vindicates further the value of the skills. The author sets more keenly the oft-noted conflict between therapy and morality by analyzing it as a special case of the traditional split between the right and the good (happiness and duty). He further distinguished statements of findings from appreciative judgments, the latter explicated as reasoned tastes. Examples of the first in psychotherapy are 'The patient is schizophrenic' and extensions of the medical concept of illness to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 8, 1966, p. 633-633
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2369, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:53:50 AM

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