Humanity of the doctor



The given text represents a fragment from the book of the psychologist, the psychotherapist and philosopher K. Durckheim «Űberweltliches Leben in der Welt». K. Durckheim — the founder of existentially-initial psychotherapy — one of kinds of existential psychotherapy. Though K. Durckheim does not discuss directly the therapeutic approach in terms of phenomenology and a phenomenological method, as a matter of fact, ontology, underlying this therapeutic approach is extremely close to the basic ideas of philosophical phenomenology of M.Heidegger, and the methods of work practiced at its school of therapy, are the most interesting variant of phenomenological work with experience. In the given text the author carries out the original criticism of the natural-science and humanistic approach to the person and opens the representations about a being of the person.

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Keywords: the person, psychotherapy, transformation, integrity, the natural-science approach, the humanistic approach.

Journal rubric: Philosophy, Anthropology, Culture

For citation: Durkhaim K. Humanity of the doctor. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2009. Vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 77–93. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Karlfrid Durkhaim, Doctor of Psychology



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