Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Wishing all of our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - The Team at Boomerang Books

Description - From Morality to Mental Health by Mike W. Martin

Morality and mental health are now inseparably linked in our view of character. Alcoholics are sick, yet they are punished for drunk driving. Drug addicts are criminals, but their punishment can be court ordered therapy. The line between character flaws and personality disorders has become fuzzy, with even the seven deadly sins seen as mental disorders. In addition to pathologizing wrong-doing, we also psychologize virtue; self-respect becomes self-esteem, integrity becomes psychological integration, and responsibility becomes maturity. Moral advice is now sought primarily from psychologists and therapists rather than philosophers or theologians. In this wide-ranging, accessible book, Mike W. Martin asks: are we replacing morality with therapy, in potentially confused and dangerous ways, or are we creatively integrating morality and mental health? According to him, it's a little bit of both. He surveys the ways in which morality and mental health are related, touching on practical concerns like love and work, self-respect and self-fulfillment, guilt and depression, crime and violence, and addictions. Terming this integrative development "the therapeutic trend in ethics," Martin uses examples from popular culture, various moral controversies, and draws on a line of thought that includes Plato, the Stoics, Freud, Nietzsche, and contemporary psychotherapeutic theories. Martin develops some interesting conclusions, among them that sound morality is indeed healthy, and that moral values are inevitably embedded in our conceptions of mental health. In the end, he shows how both morality and mental health are inextricably intertwined in our pursuit of a meaningful life. This book will be of interest to philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and sociologists, as well as the general reader.

Buy From Morality to Mental Health by Mike W. Martin from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780195304718
ISBN-10: 0195304713
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 165mm x 24mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - From Morality to Mental Health by Mike W. Martin

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about From Morality to Mental Health book by Mike W. Martin and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Mike W. Martin

Mike W. Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Chapman University and author of Meaningful Work (OUP 2000).

Books By Mike W. Martin

Happiness and the Good Life by Mike W. Martin
Hardback, March 2012
$44.06
Physical Therapy Ethics 2e by Mike W. Martin
Paperback, September 2010
$76.50
Albert Schweitzer's Reverence for Life by Mike W. Martin
Hardback, November 2007
$207.90