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Eugene Gendlin

Biographic Note

Eugene T. Gendlin is a seminal American philosopher and psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and taught there from 1963 to 1995. His philosophical work is concerned especially with the relationship between logic and implicit intricacy. Philosophy books include Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, Language Beyond Post-Modernism: Saying and Thinking in Gendlin's Philosophy edited by David Michael Levin, (fourteen commentaries and Gendlin’s replies), and A Process Model. There is a world wide network of applications and practices ( stemming from this philosophy.

Gendlin has been honored three times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy. He was a founder and editor for many years of the Association’s Clinical Division Journal, Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice. His book Focusing has sold over half a million copies and has appeared in seventeen languages. His psychology-related books are Let Your Body Interpret Your Dreams and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

What Does The Library Contain?

The library contains an extensive collection of Gendlin's works ranging from 1950 to the present, including a number of unpublished articles. The library will be updated as new articles are written and/or older ones are prepared for the internet.

The Function of the Library

The online library provides quick and easy access so anyone can learn about the Philosophy of the Implicit, Thinking at the Edge, Focusing, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, as well as applications of the philosophy in other areas.

How to Navigate the Library

The articles are grouped by theme and within each theme there are further groupings to guide the user. The most substantial sections of the library are the Philosophy of the Implicit and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy thematic groups. Many documents are in more than one group.

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Library Staff

Original Project Directors - Mary Hendricks/Josiah Hincks
Original Librarian - Christina Honde
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Primary Bibliography

The Primary Bibliography of Eugene T. Gendlin has been compiled and maintained by Frans Depestele, M.D., M.A. philosophy, with meticulous care over many years. It is the backbone which made the Library possible. It is updated periodically. Each item in the library has a link in the Reader’s Note, to the reference in the Bibliography.


The Gendlin Online Library project was made possible through grants from The Joseph and Diane Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Educational Alliance and from 79 individual donors from the international Focusing community.

The Gendlin Online Library is a project of The International Focusing Institute, a not-for-profit organization. If you find the library useful, please contribute to its maintenance at Thank you!