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The pathologies of each are the pathologies of all

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199237548.003.0013

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The pathologies of each are the pathologies of all

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We all show lack of judgment, weakness of the will, self-deception, and irresponsibility of varying degrees. The more dramatic versions of these found in overt psychopathology and the philosophical analysis of character, thought, and action that have been used to examine them will elucidate these common problems in such a way as to inform and challenge some theories of mind and meaning. When we move from the more dramatic disruptions of personality to the more common problems arising in everyday psychiatry outpatients, we find the relation between autobiography and meaning are essential in our understanding of the persons involved. It emerges that the care of the self, centered on the link between the subject and the truth is a key aspect of personal integrity and self-knowledge.

Chapter.  10631 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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