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:: Publications ::
"Happiness Pills: Philosophy Versus the Chemical Solution." In Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy. Elliot D. Cohen and Samuel Zinaich eds. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.
"Philosophy in the Prevention of Mental Illness." in Overtures: Revue Internationale de Philosophie, Theologie et Psychanalyse. Vol, 2 Oct, 2014. e-journal @ www.cinr.qc.ca
"A Catalogue of Suffering: On Diagnosing in Philosophical Mental Healthcare (PMH)." in Journal of Humanities Therapy. Vol.5 (Dec. 2014). pp. 11-45. Kangwon National University. Seoul, South Korea.
"Paradigm Shift: From ‘Hyper-diagnosia’ to a New Model of Mental Healthcare" in Rivista Italiana di Counseling Filosofico, Anno IX, n. 9, novembre 2013, Isfipp Edizioni, Torino (Italy).
"Philosophical Counselling and the Issues Tree." Journal of Humanities Therapy Vol.4 (2013). pp. 135-154. Kangwon National University. Seoul, South Korea.
“‘Mental Illness’: Ontology, Etiology, and Philosophy as ‘Cure’.” in Universitas: Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture. No. 446 (Vol. 36 no. 07). Jlu, 2011. New Taipei City, Taiwan.
“Blaming the Victim: Mental Illness and the Just Society” and “The Philosophy Café in Vancouver, Canada” in the peer reviewed e-zine published by the Tzu Chi University Humanities Research Center of Clinical Healing in Taiwan. To view, click here.
"'Mental Illness': Ontology, Etiology, and Philosophy as 'Cure'." in Haser: Revista Internacional De Filosofia Aplicada (International Review of Philosophical Practice). Sevilla, Spain. No. 1 (Vol. 1). October, 2010.
"Healing Words: Philosophy in the Treatment of Mental Illness." in Monthly Review of Philosophy and Culture. Taipei, Taiwan. No. 428 (Vol. 37 n. 1). January, 2010.
“Mental Illness, Shame, and Philosophy” in Proceedings of HT2009. The 1st International Conference on Humanities Therapy. Kangwon National University. Seoul, South Korea. Sept., 2009.
“Would Socrates be Diagnosed as Mentally Ill? Observations on our Mental Health Philosophy Café.” Philosophical Practice. Journal of the APPA. New York. Vol. 4 No. 2 July, 2009.
“Philosophy in a Psycho-Pharmaceutical World” Practical Philosophy: Journal of the Society for Philosophy in Practice. London, UK. Vol. 9 No. 2, July, 2008.
"What Does it Mean to Practice Philosophy?" Practical Philosophy: Journal of the Society for Philosophy in Practice. London, UK. Vol. 9 No. 1 January, 2008.
"Reinterpreting Psychiatric Diagnoses." Janus Head: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts. Volume 8.2 (Winter 2005/6).
“Dragons to Windmills: A Philosopher’s Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses.” Conference proceedings. Barrientos Rastrojo,J. - Odoñez García, J. - Macera Garfia, F. editors. La Filosofía a las Puertas del Tercer Milenio, Sevilla, Editorial Fénix, 2005. Pages 283 - 294 (Translated by José Barrientos Rastrojo).
"Junk Morality: ethics of manufacturing and selling inferior quality merchandise." In Philosophy for Business. Online e-journal at http://philosophos.com University of Sheffield, UK. Issue 24, November, 2005.
"Reason In A Time Of War: Critical Thinking in Philosophical Counselling." Chapter in book on philosophical counselling edited by José Barrientos Rastrojo in the faculty of philosophy at the University of Sevilla, Spain. (forthcoming)
Regular column on philosophical counselling for British peer-reviewed journal Practical Philosophy.
“The Man Who Killed his Six Children: Philosophical Counselling
and the ‘Problem’ of Free Will.” Universitas Vol.
31 No. 1. Dept. of Philosophy at Catholic Fu-Jen University
“Morals and Ethics in Philosophical Counselling: Sex, Suicide,
and Mental Illness.” In the Journal of Philosophical Practice.
E-journal of the University of St Paul,
“Causal Nets and the Disappearance of the Unconscious.” Co-authored with Martin Hunt. In Philosophical Counseling and the Unconscious. Forthcoming.
“Enfermedad Mental y Philosophical Counselling” (Mental Illness and Philosophical Counselling) in Educación, Tratamiento y Orientación Racional, E.T.O.R. (“Education, Treatment, and Rational Orientation”) (Spanish philosophical counselling journal) Vol. Number 1/2003.
“An ‘Open Textured’ Case Study in Philosophical Counselling” Practical Philosophy:Journal of the Society for Philosophy in Practice. London, UK. Vol. 6 No. 1 Spring, 2003. 42-55.
“The Life Examined in Philosophical Counselling” Practical Philosophy: Journal of the Society for Philosophy in Practice. London, UK. Vol. 5 No. 1 Spring, 2002. 20-27.
“Philosophical Counseling and the Interpretation of Dreams” International Journal of Applied Philosophy. Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. Vol. 1 No. 2 Spring, 2002.
“Professional Philosophy Outside the Academy: Philosophical Counselling.” Philosophy Pathways. Online e-journal at http://philosophos.com University of Sheffield, UK. Issue 25 February, 2002.
“Philosophical Counselling and The Meaning of Life.” Practical Philosophy: Journal of the Society for Philosophy in Practice. London, UK. Vol. 4 No. 2 July, 2001. 14-18.
“Philosophically Counseling Children.” Analytic Teaching. La Crosse, WI, USA . Vol. 21, No. 2. April, 2001. 33-35.
“Passionate Judgements and Philosophical Counselling.” Practical Philosophy: Journal of the Society for Philosophy in Practice. London, UK: Vol. 3 No. 3 November, 2000. 12-18.
"How Philosophy Can Help You Feel Better: Philosophical Counseling and the Emotions." The International Journal of Applied Philosophy. Bowling Green, Ohio, USA: Vol. 14, Number 1, Spring 2000. 59-64.
Regular monthly columns on philosophical counseling for the Philosophy News Service web site located at http://www.philosophynews.com from May 1999 to Sept 2000. Some column titles: “What is Philosophical Counseling?” “The Pros and Cons of e-mail Counseling,” “Feminism and Philosophical Counseling,” “All Seriousness Aside... Humor and Philosophical Counseling,” “Medicating the Mind,” “Celebrating Affliction,” “Getting to Normal,” and many more. Some are translated by and for the Italian Association for Philosophical Counselling – Associazione Italiana Counseling Filosofico (AICF);23. “De-obfuscating Recondite Cant: In Defense of Plain English in Philosophy.” Practical Philosophy: Journal of the Society for Philosophy in Practice. London, UK: Vol. 2, no. 1. March, 1999. 8-13.
“Why Has God Forsaken Me? Philosophically Counselling a Crisis of Faith” Philosophy in the Contemporary World. Wilson NC, USA: Vol. 5, No. 4, Winter 1998. 43-48.
“Doing Philosophy in Public.” Philosophy Now. Ipswich, UK: Issue 21 Summer/Autumn, 1998. 10-11.
“Veronica’s Pride: A Case Study in the Importance of Words.” Elenchus: A Journal of Philosophical Inquiry. Vol. 2, Issue 2. Millbrae, CA, USA: April, 1998. 6-8.
“Philosophical Counselling: What is it and How Does it Work?” Philosophy TODAY. London, UK: Vol. 11, No. 27, January, 1998. 4-6.
“Philosophy in Public.” Elenchus: A Journal of Philosophical Inquiry. Vol. 2 Issue 1. Millbrae, CA, USA: December, 1997. 6-8.
“The Other Side of Philosophy: On Listening.” Elenchus: A Journal of Philosophical Inquiry. Vol. 2 Issue 1. Millbrae, CA, USA: December, 1997. 3-5.
“From Addiction to Community: Philosophical Counselling Within a Community of Inquiry.” Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. New Jersey, USA: Volume 17, Number 1, Autumn 1997. 81-93.
“The Unintentional Researcher: From the Field Notes of a Philosopher.” Philosophical Writings. Durham, UK: No. 4 January, 1997. 39-54.
"Theory’s End: The philosopher as action researcher." Proceedings of The Second Annual University of British Columbia Research Day . Vancouver, B
.C., Canada. April, 1997.
:: Presentations, Seminars, Workshops, Panel Member and Cafés ::
Graduate seminar on philosophical mental healthcare for students from Kyungpook National University in Daegu, South Korea. August, 2015.
Chuncheon, South Korea. "A Catalogue Of Suffering: On Diagnosing In Philosophical Mental Healthcare (PMH)." Paper presented at Kangwon National University for the 6th International Conference on Humanities Therapy. July, 2014.
Chuncheon, South Korea. "An Antidote To Formal Diagnosing: Informal Logical Fallacies." Workshop presented at Kangwon National University for the 6th International Conference on Humanities Therapy. July, 2014.
Abbotsford, BC. "The Medication Trap: How the Mental Healthcare System Creates Homelessness." Presented at the meeting of the Abbotsford Learning Plus Society. March 18, 2014.
Busan, South Korea. "Healing Words: Philosophy in the Treatment of Mental Illness." Presentation at the 2nd World Humanities Forum in conjunction with the Korean National Commission for UNESCO. 1 - 3 November, 2012.
Burnaby, BC. "Paradigm Shift: From Hyper-diagnosia to a New Model of Mental Health Care." 5th Annual Modelling of Complex Social Systems Symposium (MoCSSy) at the Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS) Simon Fraser University. Sept. 18, 2012.
Seoul, South Korea. "Philosophical Counseling and the Tree of Knowledge: Bringing the Client's Issues to Light" Master Class paper and workshop presented at Kangwon National University for the combined 11th International Conference on Philosophical Practice and the 4th International Conference on Humanities Therapy. July, 2012.
"Change Your Brain, Change Your Mind?" - by Peter Raabe. A video presentation, running time about 40 minutes.
Abbotsford, B.C. “Change Your Brain; Change Your Mind?” Paper presented as part of the University Lecture Series. University of the Fraser Valley. February 23, 2011.
Chilliwack, BC. "Happiness Pills: Philosophy Versus the Psychotropic Solution." Paper presented at the Mood Disorder Association of British Columbia Chilliwack Chapter. Nov.10, 2010.
Taipei, Taiwan. “Mental Illness: Ontology, Etiology, and Philosophy as Cure.” Paper presented as visiting professor at Fu Jen Catholic University. Oct 22, 2010.
Taipei, Taiwan. “Reason in a Time of War: Critical Thinking in Philosophical Counselling.” Paper presented as visiting professor at Fu Jen Catholic University. Oct 23, 2010.
Taipei, Taiwan. Workshop on philosophical counselling. Fu Jen Catholic University. Oct 23, 2010.
Hualien, Taiwan. “Blaming the Victim: Mental Illness and the Just Society.” Paper presented as visiting professor at Buddhist Tzu Chi University. Oct 25, 2010.
Seoul, South Korea. “Mental Illness, Shame, and Philosophy.” Paper presented as visiting professor at Kangwon National University for the First International Conference on Humanities Therapy. Sept., 2009
Abbotsford, Canada. "Blaming the Victim: A Treatise on Mental Illness and the Just Society." Paper presented at the University of the Fraser Valley during a public forum held in conjunction with World Philosophy Day, November 20, 2008.
Chilliwack, Canada. Established a philosophy café-type discussion group focused specifically on mental illness and wellness. Nov. 2008
Vancouver, Canada. Presentation, demonstration of group facilitation for the filming of an instructional video at Simon Fraser University for high school teachers on how to establish and facilitate a teen philosophers café. Sept. 7, 2008
Coquitlam and Abbotsford. Trained student facilitators, and established a philosophy café-type discussion group focused specifically on mental illness and wellness. May, 2008 to present.
Hammond, Indiana: Purdue University. "The Philosopher at the End of the World: Philosophical Counseling and Christian Fundamentalism." Keynote speaker at the conference of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy (ASPCP). May 18 - 20, 2007.
Presentation and Discussion at the Vancouver Mental Health Community Psychiatric Services titled "Can Philosophy 'Cure' Mental Illness?" March 5, 2007.
Vancouver, Canada. Moderator of public forum during the "30 Days of Sustainability." Topic: "Is Our Reliance on Various Medications to Help Maintain a Normal Life in Society Sustainable?" March 2 - 31, 2006.
Seville, Spain. “From Philosophical Counselling to Philosophy for Counsellors” Presentation at the 8th International Conference on Philosophical Practice. April 20-22, 2006.
Portland, Oregon. “Esoteric Metaphysics in Philosophical Counselling: Applying Deep Philosophy to Serious Personal Problems.” Presentation at the American Philosophical Association (APPA) Pacific Division Conference, March 21-26, 2006.
Panel member at a public forum at the Vancouver Public Library to discuss the morality of the opera Don Giovanni, sponsored by the Vancouver Opera Society, titled “Defining Morality” moderated by Priya Ramu, host of CBC Radio’s “On the Coast”. Feb. 22, 2006.
:: Professional Awards ::
:: Education and Professional Training ::
:: Student Academic Awards: University
of British Columbia ::
:: Teaching and Related Experience ::
from September 2003 to present
Ongoing from 1996
Ongoing from 1996
Ongoing from 2004
Langara College - Continuing Studies - Applying
Philosophy to Real Life (PHLS 1009)
Langara College - Continuing Studies - Applying Philosophy to Real Life (PHLS 1009)
8 weeks pubic philosophy seminar in North Vancouver
Langara College - Continuing Studies - Applying Philosophy to Real Life (PHLS 1009)
September 98 - June 99
January / September 1998
Temporary instructor at Capilano College for comprehensive Critical Thinking course.
Critical/creative thinking group at the "Together We Can Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society," Vancouver, B.C.
TA at UBC in Agricultural ethics in AGSC 320.
TA in AGSC 220, UBC – Critical thinking and environmental ethics.
Private tutoring in Nietzsche, Spinoza, Plato, and applied ethics.
Conducted two 8-week workshops on Critical Thinking for parents and teachers; one in Vancouver and one in North Vancouver. Summer 1994
Full-time instructor for 17 adult Squamish First Nation students in General Educational Development ("GED" - all subjects) for Bandylan Business Learning Center, Squamish, B.C.
:: Association Memberships ::
Member of the Editorial Board of The Korean Journal of Philosophical Practice published by Kangwon National University, South Korea.
Member of the International Academic Advisory Board for the 15th International Conference of Philosophical Practice in Mexico City. June, 2018.
Honorary Member of Pragma. The Italian Association of Professional Philosophical Practitioners.
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) president appointment to the UFV Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) as the ethics expert representative.
Canadian Association of Philosophical Counselling.
Member of the International Advisory Board for 11th International Conference of Philosophical Practice. Hosted by Kangwon National University and Fu Jen Catholic University, Chuncheon, Korea. July 16-19, 2012.
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