Psychopathology and Philosophy

  • Manfred Spitzer
  • Friedrich A. Uehlein
  • Godehard Oepen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Disturbances of Perception and Formal Thought

  4. Delusions

  5. The Experiencing I and Its Disturbances(Ichstörungen)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. F. A. Uehlein
      Pages 145-155
    3. L. Hermle, G. Oepen, M. Spitzer, A. Harrington
      Pages 156-166
    4. M. Spitzer
      Pages 167-183
  6. Final Comments and Reflections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. M. Spitzer, F. A. Uehlein, G. Oepen
      Pages 237-252
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-291

About this book


"Psychopathology should make clear what we know, how we know, and what we do not know. " "ffYoU thinkyou could eliminate philosophy, and regard it as something irrele­ vant it will overwhelm you in some obscure tDsguise. This is the point where that bulk of bad philosophy in psychopathological studies originates. " KARL JASPERS Since the publication of KARL JASPERS' General Psychopathology in 1913 at least, it has become obvious that a psychopathologist cannot do without philosophical reflection. If he wants to say anything about disorders of perception and thought, or of the experiencing I, to name the subjects of this book, he must know those disorders and the problems related to them. The phenomena and problems in question are not at all simply empirical (which is to say that they concern the structure and function of the organs of sense or the central nervous system), but conceptual. We have already formed some notions and prejudices concerning those subjects - perception, e. g. , is considered to be "a projection from the outside into the inward", thinking "a kind of inward talk", the I refers to "reflec­ ting upon me by myself', etc. Unless we think about these ideas critically, we shall fail in describing disorders of experience, thought, and action.


Bewusstsein Denkstörung Melancholie Psychopathologie Psychosen Schizophrene Selbstbewusstsein Wahn psychiatry

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Spitzer
    • 1
  • Friedrich A. Uehlein
    • 2
  • Godehard Oepen
    • 1
  1. 1.Abtl. für Allgem. Psychiatrie mit PoliklinikKlinikum der Albert-Ludwigs-UniversitätFreiburg i. Br.Germany
  2. 2.Philosophisches Seminar IIAlbert-Ludwigs-UniversitätFreiburg i. Br.Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-50357-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-74133-3
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