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The Journal of Value Inquiry

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 239–243 | Cite as

Donald Robertson, The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Karnac Books Ltd.: London, 2010, pp. xxvi + 288. ISBN: 978-1-85575-756-1. US$30.00
  • William FerraioloEmail author
Book Review
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It is high time that some member of the community of contemporary therapists, so many of whom deploy one or more of the many permutations of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help manage their patients’ psychological dysfunction, paid proper obeisance to the ancient architects upon whose work so much modern therapeutic theory and practice are built. In other words, the Stoics are due, indeed, overdue, at least a bit of credit. After all, they practically invented CBT, rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), and paved the way for many of the other techniques now used to treat patients, make money, build reputations, sell books, and generally address the inveterate cognitive and emotional infirmities endemic to the human condition. Fortunately, Donald Robertson undertakes precisely this task of uncovering and acknowledging the Stoic taproot of popular modes of contemporary therapy and counsel in his recent and admirable book, The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT):...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentSan Joaquin Delta CollegeStocktonUSA

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