Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Frankl and the Philosophy of Moral Growth

  • Leena KakkoriEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_435



“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

The aim of logotherapy is, first of all, the moral and the spiritual growth toward meaningful life. Logotherapy was founded by Dr. Viktor Emil Frankl (1905–1997). According to Frankl, the most important issue for a human being is him/her search for the meaning of life. “Logos” is the Greek word for “spirit” and “meaning.” Thus, Frankl’s logotherapy is a meaning-centered therapy. The highest dimension of human is spiritual, but this should not to be taken as religious statement. Spirituality means human’s ability to do and express highest things in human life, like beauty, art, truth, and goodness. Spirituality can also include religion but not necessary.

Frankl called logotherapy as “education toward responsibility.” That means the responsibility for...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of JyväskylänJyväskylänFinland
  2. 2.University of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland