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ProjectAncient Consolation and Psychotherapy : Care of the Soul
ResearchersAssociate Professor Han Baltussen
Funding SourceAustralian Research Council
SummaryThis project aims to study the origin and continuation of the Greco-Roman consolation genre from a completely new perspective, to enhance our understanding of the classical arguments and attitudes and to explore the value and meaning of this tradition for modern society. The outcomes of the project will include a new insight into the way in which ancient philosophical considerations offered consolation as part of a wider framework of thought. The ancient approach is not just about the suppression of emotions (by medication or otherwise), but more about creating an awareness of the human condition and how to integrate the unfortunate events that can befall one by way of the "therapy of the word". Such a ‘holistic’ approach is gaining ground again and will be explored in order to have alternatives to the scientific approaches. Five articles / book chapters have been completed (two published, three in press), and two books are forthcoming in 2011/12 (edited volume and a monograph).
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