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Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Models

Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.003.0026

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

 Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Models

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This chapter argues that an exclusive employment of the methodologies of “evidence-based” psychiatry and neurobiology—neither applicable to psychopathology and psychotherapy—forfeits a large part of the understanding of mental disorders. While there cannot be an all-inclusive theory of mental disorders, the “laws of psychological understanding” enunciated by Karl Jaspers and the neglected value of understanding and interpretation in an essential and complementary explanatory model, are discussed.

Keywords: hermeneutics; psychological understanding; phenomenology; Jurgen Habermas; Karl Jaspers; psychotherapy

Chapter.  5997 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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