Schizophrenia: a phenomenological-anthropological approach

Osborne P. Wiggins and Michael A. Schwartz

in Reconceiving Schizophrenia

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Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780198526131
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754340 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Schizophrenia: a phenomenological-anthropological approach

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We have sought to develop a phenomenological-anthropological psychopathology of schizophrenia and of schizophrenic hallucinations in particular. We have thus assumed that schizophrenic hallucinations are their own specific kind of hallucination; i.e. we have presupposed that they can be adequately understood only when they are conceived in terms of the basic pathological features of schizophrenia in general. This assumption, we believe, is consistent with the traditional thrust of phenomenological-anthropological psychopathology: the main mental disorders manifest a particular kind of human being-in-the-world. The component parts of the disorder, then, must be theoretically situated within the general context of this mode of being-in-the-world. Only within this basic anthropological context can it become intelligible how the experiencing subject construes and deals with itself and with its experienced world.

Chapter.  6464 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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