Resisting self-spirituality: counselling as spirituality in the dialogues of Hans Schauder and Marcus Lefébure

Miller, G. (2013) Resisting self-spirituality: counselling as spirituality in the dialogues of Hans Schauder and Marcus Lefébure. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 28(1), pp. 125-140. (doi:10.1080/13537903.2013.750850)

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Abstract

In the 1980s, a short series of dialogues on counselling between Hans Schauder (1911–2001), a medically trained counsellor, and Marcus Lefébure (1933–2012), a Roman Catholic monk, were published in the UK. These dialogues present counselling as a form of contemporary spirituality, arguing that counselling facilitates spiritual experience and that psychoanalytic and psychotherapeutic concepts can be understood in spiritual terms. However, the dialogues also present a critique of the authorisation of subjectivity within both counselling and spirituality; in so doing, they anticipate and elaborate later criticisms of Paul Heelas and Linda Woodhead's spiritual revolution thesis. The resistance in the Schauder–Lefébure dialogues to Self-spirituality indicates that they align more with politically critical progressive spirituality than with accommodationist capitalist spirituality.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Miller, Dr Gavin
Authors: Miller, G.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Journal of Contemporary Religion
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1353-7903
ISSN (Online):1469-9419
Published Online:11 January 2013

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