Subjectivity and Naturalism

in Emotions and Personhood

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Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199660575
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191754784 | DOI:

Series: ippp (international perspectives in phlosophy and psychiatry)

Subjectivity and Naturalism

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Chapter 1 begins with the suggestion that the question of naturalism is a fundamental issue in both philosophy and psychopathology. One way to articulate this question is to look at the nature and relevance of human subjectivity. This chapter argues that both subjectivity and naturalism are inescapable themes in contemporary psychopathology, and that an understanding of how to accommodate both themes can benefit from a thorough analysis of the relationship between emotions and personhood. The chapter then goes on to explain why the hermeneutical phenomenology of Paul Ricoeur has been chosen, as opposed to the more common choice of Husserl or Heidegger, as the theoretical engine for our further explorations. The chapter ends with a discussion of the traditional distinction between rationality and sensibility in human experience.

Chapter.  19163 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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