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This edited volume in honour of Dr Pittu Laungani brings together renowned names in the field of psychology, who critique Dr Laungani's contribution from various angles.

Through a critical examination of the life and work of Pittu Laungani, one of the leading psychologists in the West, this book explores the nature of cross-cultural psychology, counselling and psychotherapy. It specifically attempts to build bridges between Indian philosophy and the approaches and methods of Western psychology and counselling. Drawing on the works of Pittu Laungani, the various chapters in the book deal with interesting and challenging questions on culture and stress, traditional healing, Hindu spirituality and religion, caste, class and culture and its relationship with the theory and practice of modern counselling psychology.

Much of Laungani's work has been cutting edge in psychology; developing ideas that transcend the boundaries and limitations of both eastern philosophy and western psychologY. A number of international researchers and scholars have brought together specific aspects of South Asian psychology and Laungani's theories and the current thinking in Western counselling and psychotherapy, interweaving them into new ways of practice in the field of health and mental health. This book includes many original articles of Pittu Laungani and commentaries of scholars and academics working in various fields of psychology, counseling and the health care profession in general.

Personal tributes to Pittu Laungani by the likes of Stephen Palmer, Richard Dezoysa and Nicolo Pipitone add another dimension to this otherwise scholarly book.

Unresolved Issues in Philosophy and Psychology: Implications for Therapy
Unresolved issues in philosophy and psychology: Implications for therapy

Let us start by examining the relationship between certain areas of philosophy and mainstream Western psychology. Psychology, as someone had remarked, has a short past but a long history, which can be traced to the early writings and speculations of the ancient Greek philosophers from the 6th century bce. Philosophy, as Bertrand Russell (1946/1961) points out began with Thales who concerned himself with a variety of questions, including those related to the nature of human nature. Philosophy was seen as the prime discipline or the parent subject of all disciplines (Kenny, 1994; Leahey, 1997; Magee, 1998; Russell, 1946/1961). Virtually, all the contemporary scientific disciplines including physics, astronomy, chemistry, ...

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