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Monday, October 11, 2010

#22 Interview with David A. Hallowell, M. A.

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LogoTalk.Net is pleased to be joined today by David A. Hallowell, M. A.  David is a U.S. Fulbright Fellow alumnus of the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna and holds the master of arts degree in philosophy from Boston College.  He is an aspiring author who is fascinated with the notion of finding meaning and conversion in the face of hedonistic technocracies.

David authors a blog entitled the Existential Cosmopolite.  The blog is focused on the pursuit of authentic subjectivity for the aspiring Cosmopolite: Pondering philosophy of science & religion, post-pop psychology, existentialism, critical realism, and illumination in the spirit of Søren Kierkegaard, CS Lewis, Viktor Frankl, Bernard Lonergan, JRR Tolkien, St. Augustine, St. Bonaventure, and any other thought that shines a light.

David is also the creator and administrator of the Official Viktor Frankl Facebook page, with the permission of the Frankl family.

The references for David's papers and the links to them are:

Hallowell, David A.  (2010).  Personhood in an Anti-Reductionist's Universe: Frankl's Dimensional Ontology and Lonergan's Notion of the Thing  The International Forum for Logotherapy, 32, 89-100. 

Frankl, Viktor E.  (2008).  The Pluralism of the Sciences and the Unity of the Person.  Translated by David A. Hallowell.  Unpublished translation.

The original paper was published as:

Frankl, Viktor E.  (2005).  Der Pluralismus der Wissenschaften und die Einheit des Menschen.  In Der Mensch vor der Frage nach dem Sinn, Munchen:  Piper.

The book David mentioned is:

The Feeling of Meaninglessness: A Challenge to Psychotherapy and Philosophy
by Viktor E. Frankl.
Edited and with an Introduction by Alexander Batthyány.

Published 2010 by
Marquette University Press

Summary of links:

David's Paper on Personhood in an Anti-Reductionist's Universe

Translation of Frankl's paper on the Pluralism of the Sciences and the Unity of the Person

The Existential Cosmopolite

Official Viktor Frankl Facebook page

Viktor and  I - A Film by Alexander Vesely

Thank you for listening. Please email any questions or comments to and may you have a meaningful day.


  1. I hope the movie didn't turn into a hagiography. From the trailer it seemed this may be a danger - always a problem when promoting someone's work I guess. Though Galileo, Newton and Einstein's theories don't seem to have suffered ill effects promise.

    I think your point about people just re-itereating Frankl is well made from what I have seen (though I'm obviously not as up on the literature as you).

    Looking forward to reading David's paper.

  2. It sounds like Longergan's 'thing' is a gestalt. I think this probably adds a good deal to gestalt therapy.

    One of the more pernicious influences of Fritz on gestalt was his impatience with reasoning.

  3. The key to understanding the movie, I think, is in the title - Viktor and I. It is a personal look at the life of Viktor Frankl from the perspective of friends, family and colleagues. It gives an impression of who Frankl was as a human being; it is less about the details of logotherapy.

    I enjoyed it immensely!