Many theoretical approaches to alcoholism consider this condition to be a disease, yet one of the best known methods of treatment for alcoholism, that of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), considers a higher power, or God, to be central in recovery from this affliction. The thesis of this work is to examine the phenomenological aspects of alcoholism through a historical analysis of the concept of disease, as well as its correlate, sin. It will also utilize the ancient notion of causality, as developed by the philosopher Aristotle, as a hermeneutic model of analysis for this elusive phenomenon. Continuing with this theme, I then examine the imago-Dei (“image of God”) as a historical phenomenon and hermeneutic means of interpreting not only the phenomenon of alcoholism but also the contents of the unconscious in general.
|Advisor:||Taylor, C. D.|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Pastoral Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology|
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