Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The End of Addiction: A Depth Psychological View of Alcoholism
by Delp, Brenton L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 72; 10035441
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
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
Publication Number: 10035441
ISBN: 9781339539164
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