A philosopher's view of values and ethics

Golightly, Cornelius L.
December 1971
Personnel & Guidance Journal;Dec71, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p289
Academic Journal
Counseling is the practical art of making rational decisions about values; thus it is part science and part philosophy. As a professional activity it falls midway between science and philosophy and partakes of the characteristics of both. Counseling readily recognizes its dependence on professional science for empirical knowledge about fact and theory but tends to ignore the analytic contributions of professional philosophy for understanding the nature of value and value theory. Counseling will be a better art when counselors are as concerned with what philosophy says about values as they are with the contributions of the social sciences.


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