Monday 12 January 2009

‘May you live to 120!’ 6. von Hildebrand. 7. Marcel. Inner Circle Seminar 147 (6 December 2009)

Dietrich von Hildebrand
‘May you live to 120!’

Seven thinkers born in 1889
and their relevance to psychotherapy

6. Dietrich von Hildebrand

(12 October 1889 – 26 January 1977 )

Gabriel Marcel
7. Gabriel Marcel
(7 December 1889 – 8
October 1973)

Anthony Stadlen
Inner Circle Seminar No. 147

Sunday 6 December 2009
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reflection on the philosophy of psychotherapy is an urgent necessity. The survival of true psychotherapy is threatened by state regulation. Too few psychotherapists have insisted that ‘mental health’ is a metaphor. It is therefore not surprising that the Government plans to regulate psychotherapy as a ‘health profession’. The Inner Circle Seminars, however, seek to clarify psychotherapy as a moral, not a medical, practice.

In the annus mirabilis 1889 seven of the greatest 20th-century philosophers were born: R. G. Collingwood, Watsuji Tetsuro, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Oskar Becker, Martin Heidegger, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Gabriel Marcel. In four seminars, we explore their contributions. All seven throw light on the nature of human relationships and, explicitly or implicitly, on the foundations of psychotherapy. Today we discuss the implications for psychotherapy of the thinking of two Christian existential phenomenologists: Dietrich von Hildebrand on love and Gabriel Marcel on dialogue. Each seminar is self-contained. You may attend any or all. Your contribution to the discussion is welcome.

Venue: Durrants Hotel, 26–32 George Street, Marylebone, London W1H 5BJ

Cost: Students £108, others £135; some bursaries; mineral water, coffee, tea, biscuits, liquorice allsorts included

Apply to: Anthony Stadlen, ‘Oakleigh’, 2A Alexandra Avenue, London N22 7XE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8888 6857 E-mail:

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The Inner Circle Seminars were founded by Anthony Stadlen in 1996 as an ethical, existential, phenomenological search for truth in psychotherapy. They have been kindly described by Thomas Szasz as ‘Institute for Advanced Studies in the Moral Foundations of Human Decency and Helpfulness’. But they are independent of all institutes, schools and colleges.

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