Illnesses of the Cognitive Faculties

Jennifer Radden

in The Nature of Melancholy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151657
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849253 | DOI:
Illnesses of the Cognitive Faculties

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This chapter presents Immanuel Kant's discussion of melancholy. Kant is considered one of the greatest of metaphysical philosophers. He has also been described as a typical example of a late 18th-century “armchair” disease classifier. Quite without empirical study, he established the mental faculties whose functions might become impaired, and then identified the major kinds of mental disorder according to a two-part classification into melancholia and mania.

Keywords: Immanuel Kant; metaphysics; mania; melancholia

Chapter.  2242 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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