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Delusions in Context

Palgrave Macmillan


  • Brings together chapter authors from clinical psychology, neuroscience and philosophy to consider delusions as beliefs

  • Challenges the usual notion of delusions as forms of mental illness

  • Part of the PERFECT project supported by the European Research Council

  • This is an Open Access title

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Delusional Beliefs in the Clinical Context

    • Rachel Upthegrove, S. A.
    Pages 1-34Open Access
  3. Delusions and Prediction Error

    • Philip Corlett
    Pages 35-66Open Access
  4. Delusions and Other Beliefs

    • Richard P. Bentall
    Pages 67-95Open Access
  5. Delusions and Three Myths of Irrational Belief

    • Lisa Bortolotti
    Pages 97-116Open Access
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 117-121

About this book

This open access book offers an exploration of delusions—unusual beliefs that can significantly disrupt people’s lives. Experts from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including lived experience, clinical psychiatry, philosophy, clinical psychology, and cognitive neuroscience, discuss how delusions emerge, why it is so difficult to give them up, what their effects are, how they are managed, and what we can do to reduce the stigma associated with them. Taken as a whole, the book proposes that there is continuity between delusions and everyday beliefs. It is essential reading for researchers working on delusions and mental health more generally, and will also appeal to anybody who wants to gain a better understanding of what happens when the way we experience and interpret the world is different from that of the people around us. 


  • mental illness
  • schizophrenia
  • philosophy of madness
  • madness and religion
  • radical discontinuity
  • imperfect cognitions
  • clinical psychiatry
  • clinical psychology
  • cognitive neuroscience
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Belief formation
  • Delusional beliefs
  • Personality disorders
  • Forms of Bias
  • open access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Philosophy Department and Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

    Lisa Bortolotti

About the editor

Lisa Bortolotti is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, UK. She works in the philosophy of the cognitive sciences and has a special interest in belief, irrationality, and mental health. 

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)