Originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous, the Twelve Step program now
provides life direction for the millions of people worldwide who are recovering from addiction and
undergoing profound personal transformation. Yet thus far it has received surprisingly little
attention from philosophers, despite the fact that, like philosophy, the program addresses
all-important questions regarding how we ought to live. In Sobering Wisdom,
Jerome A. Miller and Nicholas Plants offer a unique approach to the Twelve Step program by exploring
its spirituality from a philosophical point of view. Drawing on a variety of
thinkers from Aristotle to William James and from Nietzsche to Foucault, as well as a diverse range
of philosophical perspectives including naturalism, Buddhism, existentialism, Confucianism,
pragmatism, and phenomenology, the contributors to this volume address such questions as the
relation of personal responsibility to an acknowledgment of powerlessness, the existence of a
"higher power," and the role of virtue in recovery. Ranging in tone from deeply scholarly
to intensely personal, their essays are written in an accessible way for a broad audience that
includes not only philosophers, theologians, and psychologists but also spiritual directors, health
professionals, and addiction counselors. Perhaps most important, the book is also conceived for
those involved in Twelve Step programs whose lives are being transformed by the experience.
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