Laing and existential phenomenology

Allan Beveridge

in Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man

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Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199583577
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754685 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

Laing and existential phenomenology

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Chapter 4 looks at existentialism, phenomenology, and existential psychiatry: subjects fundamental to Laing’s work. It attempts to see the subjects through Laing’s eyes and in the context of the time in which he was living. It looks at the leading thinkers associated with the existential tradition, such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Sartre, and examines what Laing took from them. This chapter also looks at the associated subject of phenomenology, before considering the work of existential psychiatrists such as Binswanger, Boss, and Minkowski. We look at how Laing drew on their writing to develop his own version of existential psychiatry.

Chapter.  21208 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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