Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 605–609 | Cite as

Review of real hallucinations: psychiatric illness, intentionality, and the interpersonal world, by Matthew Ratcliffe

The MIT Press, 2017
  • Zeno Van Duppen

Real Hallucinations is a book about the structure of human experience, its fragility, and how it is shaped by relations with other people, Ratcliffe writes in his first sentence. It offers an extensive phenomenological analysis of both philosophical and clinical topics, including the sense of self and its relation to others; intentionality and its disruptions; psychotic phenomena like thought insertion and hallucination; and basic trust and anxiety.

On the one hand, it is a vivid philosophical work capable of inspiring and influencing psychopathology and clinical practice. It is, on the other, a thorough psychopathological work able to reconsider and question seemingly self-evident ideas, thereby opening up a new field of philosophical inquiry. The phenomenological nature of this book is not only reflected in the discussion of relevant ideas of Edmund and Karl Jaspers, but also in the way it is informed by actual first-person experiences. Even more, it is phenomenological in the sense...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University Psychiatric Centre KU LeuvenKortenbergBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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