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Duff R. Waring

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date: 20 May 2019

The introduction sets out the general themes and parameters of the book. It offers preliminary definitions of key terms like virtue, virtue ethics, psychotherapy, and the working through. It explains the book’s focus on the virtue epistemic and virtue ethical resonance of the patient’s efforts in cases that are laden with generic ethical values. These values relate to self-regarding ethics and other-regarding morality. Virtues are desirable for therapists and patients because they advance goods, like self-exploration, that are internal to the praxis of psychotherapy. I regard them as desirable because they can (1) facilitate the patient’s efforts in the working through and (2) constitute modes of recovery at which those efforts are aimed. Psychotherapy is presented as having epistemic and generic ethical spaces of normative appraisal. This introduction concludes with a brief precis of each chapter in the book.

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