Revised Second Edition: The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

I’m pleased to announce that in December 2019, Routledge will be publishing the revised second edition of my 2010 book The Philosophy of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Stoic Philosophy as Rational and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

It will be available in both hardback (ISBN 9780367219871) and paperback (ISBN 9780367219147) formats. The content has been thoroughly revised, with hundreds of small changes, and a whole new chapter, discussing the comparison between Stoicism and modern third-wave cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). You can order it online from Routledge, The Book Depository, Amazon, and all other good bookstores. See also Google Books and Goodreads for reviews and other information.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword to First Edition by Prof. Stephen Palmer
  • Introduction: Philosophy & Psychotherapy
  • Part I: Philosophy & Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • The “Philosophical Origins” of CBT
  • The Beginning of Modern Cognitive Therapy
  • A Brief History of Philosophical Therapy
  • Stoic Philosophy & Psychology
  • Rational Emotion in Stoicism & CBT
  • Stoicism & Ellis’ Rational Therapy (REBT)
  • Part II: The Stoic Armamentarium
  • Contemplation of the Ideal Sage
  • Stoic Mindfulness of the “Here & Now”
  • Self-Analysis & Disputation
  • Autosuggestion, Premeditation, & Retrospection
  • Premeditatio Malorum & Mental Rehearsal
  • Stoic Fatalism, Determinism & Acceptance
  • The View from Above & Stoic Metaphysics
  • Stoicism and the Third-Wave
  • Conclusion: Fate Guides the Willing
  • Appendix 1: An Example Stoic Therapeutic Regime
  • Appendix 2: The View from Above Script

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  1. I just saw the price of the 2nd edition ($140.00). I pity the poor captive graduate students who will be required to buy this book. For me, having graduated with my Psychology PhD 45 years ago, I can hear this Stoic Masters, spinning in their graves.

    1. what do you mean “moderation”? I think the price
      should be “moderated” to make the book more available to the public.

    2. What graduate students are required to buy this book? (None.) It is expensive for the hardback but people can obtain a copy free of charge through any library system or they can purchase the ebook for a much lower price, if they want a copy. So the price of the hardback isn’t something worth catastrophizing.

      1. I never intended to “catastrophize”, only to state my personal opinion regarding the price of your new book. My library has nearly a thousand books, and none of them cost $140.00. The first edition of your new book was classified as a textbook, ergo my remark about students and textbook prices. I have read and greatly enjoyed several of your previous books (“How to Think . . . “, “Stoicism and the Art . . .”) and was tracking the release of your latest. I was simply disappointed to learn that the cost would prevent me from buying it. Certainly, Donald, no personal criticism of you was was intended.
        Peace and Respect,
        -Michael

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