Thought in disarray

Grant Gillett

in The Mind and its Discontents

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199237548
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754555 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Thought in disarray

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The psychotic disorders pose the problem of rationality and normality in thought and the way in which we should understand them. The norms governing thought are determined in the intersubjective context in which mental content is defined, and they create cognitive skills in an individual that are used in attunement to the world and judgements about oneself. That analysis informs an interpretation of insight, delusion, and hallucination as phenomena of importance in understanding the fundamental biological mechanisms affecting conjoint attention and social perception and their relation to phenomenological approaches to the psychoses. Correctly knowing one's place in the world is a complex cognitive attainment, not merely an immediate product of introspection, and psychotic thinkers lack the integrity of self and cognition needed for that achievement so that they display a fortiori many things we tend to overlook in philosophical thinking about the psyche.

Chapter.  17037 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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