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Schizophrenic delusion and hallucination as the expression and consequence of an alteration of the existential a prioris

Alfred Kraus

in Reconceiving Schizophrenia

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Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780198526131
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198526131.003.0005

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Schizophrenic delusion and hallucination as the expression and consequence of an alteration of the existential a prioris

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Existential a prioris are fundamental elements of the a priori structure of one's being-in-the-world. They relate to Heidegger's existentials, such as being-in and being-with, in the context of Dasein as being-in-the-world. Our thesis is that schizophrenic delusions and hallucinations are secondary phenomena, being founded in a primary alteration of the existential a prioris, the very ‘categories’ that make possible the anchoring and orientation in the life-world.

This is demonstrated by the so-called technical delusions and hallucinations. The alteration of the existential a prioris is what the trained psychiatrist recognizes in his/her so-called praecox feelings, as a certain mode of being different from ours. We have tried to make this diagnostic intuition scientifically accessible. The recognition of the alteration of these basic pre-objective structures, which is not as yet part of the diagnostic manuals, is not only important for diagnosis, but also for the understanding and therapy of people with schizophrenia.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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