Persons in Relation: the interaction of Philosophy, Theology and Psychotherapy in 20th century Scotland

David Fergusson

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Although their work can be situated within wider British and European intellectual trends, the interaction of philosophy, theology and psychotherapy was particularly marked among several important Scottish thinkers of the mid-twentieth century. Their cross-disciplinary interactions gave rise to distinctively personalist approaches in psychotherapy and counselling, often including theological elements. Such interactions were significant both for developments in therapeutic practice and initiatives in pastoral care within the churches. An exploration of this complex set of interactions is offered, followed by some critical reflections upon the relationship of theology to psychotherapy. The continuing value of holistic and person-centred approaches is maintained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-306
JournalPractical Theology
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Macmurray
  • personalism
  • philosophy
  • psychotherapy
  • theology

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