In Search of a New Discourse: Resetting Priorities

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


This chapter shows how approaches to treatment and therapy can take a philosophical direction, by addressing the self’s tendency to become entangled in the deceptive practices from which its vulnerability to addiction arises. Rather than as objectified by the natural sciences, the self re-emerges through its immersion in the human predicament, the crisis that it spawns (including the proclivity to become addicted), and the struggle to cultivate new horizons of meaning, e.g., through the capacity for transcendence. As we develop our understanding of addiction from out of the individual’s concrete life-experiences, the language by which we address this phenomenon (of the tendency to become addicted) also changes.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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