Laing and religion

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 religion

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Chapter 5 describes Laing’s attitude to religion and his anguished struggle with issues of belief and unbelief. It considers the influence of his Scottish Presbyterian upbringing on his development and how he responded to the many contemporary scientific and philosophical critiques of faith. We examine how Laing’s religious outlook informed his approach to psychiatry and the way he conceived of mental disturbance.

Chapter.  8415 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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