This chapter discusses the overlaps and distinctions between therapy, philosophy, and education. It responds to concerns that education has become too concerned with students’ self-esteem and general mental wellbeing, to the detriment of more properly educational aims. It considers the ways in which therapy may become mis-educative and, conversely, that education can induce moral distress. It asks what kinds of happiness education and therapy should foster and when these might be at odds with each other. The chapter addresses these points in the light of historical shifts in the conceptualisation of therapy, philosophy, and education and in the understanding of the relationship between these terms.


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  • Paul Standish
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  1. 1.EPSUniversity College London Institute of EducationLondonUK

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