Reconceiving Schizophrenia

Paperback | December 23, 2006

EditorMan Cheung Chung, Bill Fulford, George Graham

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Schizophrenia arguably is the most troubling, puzzling, and complex mental illness. No single discipline is equipped to understand it. Though schizophrenia has been investigated predominately from psychological, psychiatric and neurobiological perspectives, few attempts have been made to applythe tool kit of philosophy to schizophrenia, the mix of global analysis, conceptual insight, and argumentative clarity that is indicative of a philosophical perspective. This book is a major effort at redressing that imbalance. Recent developments in the area of philosophy known as the philosophy of psychiatry have made it clear that it is time for philosophy to contribute to our understanding of schizophrenia. The range of contributions is many and varied. Somecontributors are professional philosophers; some not. Some contributions focus on matters of method and history. Others argue for dramatic reforms in our understanding of schizophrenia or its symptoms. The authors in this book are committed to the idea that philosophy can indeed help to understandschizophrenia in a way which is different from but complements traditional medical-clinical approaches. The book should appeal to every reader who wants to better understand a major mental illness, including its distinctive character, conscious content, and sources of puzzlement. Readers will find the essays gathered here afford stimulating insights into the human mind and its conditions ofvulnerability.

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Schizophrenia arguably is the most troubling, puzzling, and complex mental illness. No single discipline is equipped to understand it. Though schizophrenia has been investigated predominately from psychological, psychiatric and neurobiological perspectives, few attempts have been made to applythe tool kit of philosophy to schizophrenia...

Man Cheung Chung earned his B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and PhD at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He worked as a Research Psychologist at University College London. He then took on a Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham and subsequently held lectureships at the Un...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:9.1 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:December 23, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"It is both intrinsically very interesting and also valuable for its demonstration of how rich and venerable the subject is."--Dominic Murphy, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "This book is an inspiring and rigorous overview of philosophy's attempts to understand schizophrenia and is worthwhile reading for anyone-- practitioner, academic, or individual-- challenged by this most distressing of disorders."--Mental Health Today Digest "Reconceiving Schizophrenia breathes new life into the vast amount of genetic and biological data without neglecting the most current neuroscientific findings...A very important contribution to the field."--PsycCRITIQUES