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Thursday, July 4, 2013

#55: The Cognitive Neurosciences and Logotherapy: New Experimental Findings and Their Implications – Keynote Address by Professor Alexander Batthyány, Ph.D.

This podcast shares the keynote address delivered by Prof. Dr. Alexander Batthyány at the Nineteenth World Congress on Viktor Frankl's Logotherapy held in Dallas, Texas on June 20, 2013.  This address is, in my opinion, a watershed in the history of logotherapy and existential analysis.  In it, Dr. Batthyány explains Viktor Frankl’s publications in historical context and outlines the contemporary challenge that logotherapy must face.  Its cause is no longer a philosophical issue, but rather an empirical question with testable hypotheses derived from logotherapy.  I believe that all future work in the theory and practice of logotherapy will be judged by how well that work responds to the questions and challenges raised in this lecture.

Dr. Batthyány is President of the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna and director of the Viktor Frankl Archives.  He is Professor and Academic Director of the Viktor Frankl Chair for Philosophy and Psychology at the University of the International Academy of Philosophy in the Principality of Liechtenstein.  This chair was established by Dr. Viktor Frankl himself and represents the world’s first and only Ph.D. program in logotherapy and logotherapy-related interdisciplinary studies at a fully accredited institution of higher learning.  Dr. Batthyány is also Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vienna, Vienna Medical School.

He is widely published in the areas of the philosophy of science, logotherapy, and consciousness studies with over 50 citations to his credit.  These including five monographs, six edited anthologies, and nine edited volumes.  Forthcoming works include Conscious Selves: An Argument for Brain‐Mind‐Interactionism; To Cope, To Strive, To Understand: Existential Questions in Psychology; and Meaning in Existential and Positive Psychology.  He is Head of the Editorial Board and First Editor of the 14‐Volumes of the Collected Works of Viktor Frankl, of which the first five volumes have been published.  The complete set is expected to be finished around the year 2020.

Links from this month's podcast:

Ph.D. Program in Logotherapy and Logotherapy-related Studies.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Batthyány

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