Academic journal article TCA Journal

Editorial Perspective

Academic journal article TCA Journal

Editorial Perspective

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A theory is a melody of thoughts, Philosophy, the unchained melody of reason.

Within the context of the counseling profession's continuing efforts to readdress theoretical issues and systemize to the maximum extent possible inferences drawn from the mounting and often conflicting literature base, a theoretical "think off" was initiated in the Fall 1998 issue of the Journal. Two theory related topics were introduced for review.

The first topic addressed the general need for a comprehensive theory of counseling, and specifically focused on the question, Do humans have freewill? The second topic addressed the need for a counseling philosophy consistent with diversity, and specifically focused on the question, Does universal truth exist in knowable form?

In the Spring 1999 issue, one perspective was presented-universal, ultimate truth does not exist; reality is subjective perception; human nature is basically good but may be damaged; and freedom to choose though experiential, is somewhat an illusion. A contrasting perspective-ultimate universal truth does exist and can be known; human nature is bent toward evil; and human freewill in the sense that a human can will the good, is a misconception-was presented in the Fall 1999 issue. …

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