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Cottingham, John (2013) Spirituality, Self-Discovery and Moral Change. In: Cook, C. C. H., (ed.) Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health. London: SCM Press. [Book section] (Forthcoming)

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    Most contemporary analytic philosophy of religion tends to focus on epistemological questions about the grounds or justification for religious belief, and on analysing the precise cognitive content of claims about God. But an examination of what religion means for those who practise it shows that is has far less to do with abstract intellectual questions, and far more to do with the individual search for integrity and moral growth. There is thus far more convergence between religious and psychotherapeutic goals than is often supposed. This paper will explore several important aspects of this convergence, and will also suggest an implicit lesson for philosophy about the inadequacy of purely theoretical attempts to understand the human predicament; reflecting on the disciplines of psychological and spiritual praxis may help us to see the way towards achieving a more abundant and integrated life.

    Item Type: Book section
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Mr Mark Sheaves
    Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2013 20:36
    Last Modified: 21 Nov 2015 21:30
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/2014

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