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Saturday, July 7, 2012

#43 Interview and Lecture with Stephen J. Costello, Ph.D., Diplomate in Logotherapy

Special thanks to José Luis Alvarez Coitinho who recorded a great deal of Congress Vienna on video. His playlist is now featured on LogoTalk Radio on YouTube.

Dr. Costello, founder and director of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland, is a philosopher, logotherapist/existential analyst and author. He has been lecturing philosophy and psychology for over twenty years in University College Dublin, Trinity and, more recently, in the Dublin Business School. 

He was educated in St. Gerard's School, Castleknock College and University College Dublin, where he read Philosophy and Spanish Language and Literature. His Master's degree in philosophy (1990) was in existentialism and his PhD degree (1994), carried out under the supervision of Professor Richard Kearney, was on psychoanalysis (Freud) and hermeneutics (Ricoeur).

Dr. Costello was awarded two gold medals for debating in UCD and holds a black belt in Aikido and an equivalent in Wing Tsun Kung Fu. Subsequently, he trained at the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, gaining a Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies (now an MSc from Trinity) in 1996 with a thesis on Lacan and criminology.

For a number of years Dr. Costello was a member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland, attached to the School of Psychotherapy in St. Vincent's Hospital. He is a Diplomate in Logotherapy (awarded in 2009) and sits on the international faculty of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and is a board member of the International Association of Institutions for Training and Research in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. He has published widely in the International Forum for Logotherapy. Dr. Costello also acts as coadjutor of the London Chapter of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. 

He is the author of The Irish Soul: In Dialogue, The Pale Criminal: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 18 Reasons Why Mothers Hate Their Babies: A Philosophy of Childhood, Hermeneutics and the Psychoanalysis of Religion, The Ethics of Happiness: An Existential Analysis, What are Friends For?: Insights from the Great Philosophers and of the forthcoming Philosophy and the Flow of Presence: Desire, Drama and the Divine Ground of Being. He edited Credo: Faith and Philosophy in Contemporary Ireland and The Search for Spirituality: Seven Paths Within the Catholic Tradition.

On March 17, 2012, at the historic Billroth House of the Vienna Medical Society, Dr. Costello lectured on the Meaning of Logotherapy as part of Congress Vienna 2012:  The Future of Logotherapy.

This podcast contains an interview with Dr. Costello conducted during the congress in Vienna as well as a recording of his lecture.

More about the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland can be found at 

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