Philosophical Psychology

This unit introduces students to the ancient Greek concept of philosophy as therapy. It treats the Christian appropriation of this theme in terms of the perfection of the soul and the secular approach in the discovery of the unconscious and the psychoanalytical sense of therapy.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



W7106 Ancient and Early Medieval Philosophy or
W7109 Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the origins of philosophy conceived as a way of life in Western thought
  2. discuss the Greek idea of the divinity of the soul
  3. critically articulate how mystical and ascetical work in terms of philosophy as a way of life
  4. compare Greek and Christian approaches to philosophy as a way of life
  5. display comparative knowledge of psychoanalytical and analytical psychological approaches to the question of soul-care and critically reflect on the modern secular approach to soul-therapy
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