Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Classical Moral Philosophy

In this lecture Fr. Robert Gahl talks about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Classical Moral Philosophy.

Developments in psychotherapy and psychology (CBT) show a tremendous convergence with classical moral Thomistic Aristotelian philosophy. Unfortunately, experts in the field are not familiar with it. Contemporary psychology is interested in the perfection of our thought patterns conducive to our behavioral patterns. This is also what moral philosophy is interested in. Aristotle’s ethics is about behavioral patterns (the moral virtues): namely, about how to be happy and fulfilled. The Christian philosophical tradition can help appreciating even more contemporary development in psychotherapy and psychology.
Fr. Robert Gahl is an Associate Professor of Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and a member of the Thomas International Board of Directors.