From Theology to Therapy: A Genealogical Account

  • Frank Schalow
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 93)


This chapter traces the crisscrossing of various intellectual pathways that led to developing the first program to treat addiction (i.e., the so-called “Twelve Steps”), thereby outlining the historical-cultural backdrop or interpretive horizon within which its founder attempted to understand the problem. We will discover that the historical account of his development indirectly reveals a gap in the program for treating addiction, which is only partially closed by appealing to religious maxims: specifically, the paradox of how a physically based pathology can be overcome through the practice of a “spiritual discipline.”


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  • Frank Schalow
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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