Delusional Experience

Jennifer Mundale and Shaun Gallagher

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Delusional Experience


This article presents a model of delusional experience which provides an integrated approach in which aberrations at the neurological level are directly related to a disorder of experience. It argues that higher order cognitive effects are not the proper locus for the explanation of the delusional experience itself. Through following out the neurological and phenomenological underpinnings of misattribution, this article provides a bottom-up account of the genesis of schizophrenic delusions, particularly those involving the misattributions of agency.

Keywords: delusional experience; cognitive effects; schizophrenic delusions; neurological level; misattribution

Article.  4433 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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