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The Maudsley Reader in Phenomenological Psychiatry


  • Date Published: January 2013
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521709279

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  • The interaction between philosophy and clinical psychopathology in the form of the 'phenomenological movement' was one of the most significant events to occur in mental health over the course of the last century. As the gulf between 'analytical' and 'continential' philosophy reduces, and as clinical psychiatry looks beyond DSM-IV and ICD-10, there is renewed enthusiasm for phenomenological thinking. This unique book brings together and interprets previously hard to find texts, new translations and passages detailing the interplay between philosophy and psychopathology, making them accessible to a new generation of mental health researchers, practitioners and policy makers. The content charts both the influence of key philosophers on ways of thinking and describes the impact and influence of phenomenological approaches to clinical work and understanding in a variety of mental disorders.

    • Presents a unique collection of key philosophical texts for non-philosophers summarizing phenomenological methodology in philosophy
    • Brings together hard-to-find primary sources in psychiatry and includes new translations prepared specifically for this volume
    • Includes brief and clear commentaries linking readings and putting them into context
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '[The Reader] brings together texts from both philosophers and clinicians which are otherwise difficult to access; many are newly translated … I found it absorbing and illuminating.' Baroness Mary Warnock, House of Lords

    'I wish every psychiatrist would buy it, read it, and (most importantly) apply its teachings in contemporary practice.' Professor Nancy Andreasen, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

    'From these essays the reader will learn of methods and forms of understanding that should have a place in the thinking of all practitioners, and also of anyone who wants to know how self-consciousness really works.' Professor Roger Scruton, University of Oxford and University of St Andrews

    '… the material gathered here stems from widely dispersed and often not readily available sources.' Steven Crowell, Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor of Philosophy, Rice University

    'This remarkable book covers a wide range of authors and topics in philosophical phenomenology and phenomenological psychiatry, from Brentano to Merleau-Ponty, from Jaspers to Blankenburg, from obsessions to schizophrenia. Indispensable for young clinicians who, coming into the field, want to leave behind the presumed objective certainties of the biomedical model and are interested in the life-worlds real patients live in.' Professor Giovanni Stanghellini, G. d'Annunzio University, Italy

    'People get sad, angry, euphoric, delusional - and sometimes they are sick. How can we tell whether someone has a disease or not? How can these experiences be understood as part of psychiatric diagnoses? When are they simply human experiences? These important questions - which are the basis of phenomenology - are infrequently asked in a psychiatry of checklists and drugs for symptoms. The Maudsley Reader [in Phenomenological Psychiatry] provides classic historical sources that can begin the process of asking these questions again, and beginning to answer them.' Professor Nassir Ghaemi, Tufts Medical Centre, Boston

    'It is traditional in a book boost to recommend all one's fellow professionals to buy it and read it. In this instance it is my heartfelt prayer.' Professor Paul E. Mullen, Monash University, Victoria

    '… a marvellous book … Buy it, whoever you are, and dip into its richness.' Dr John Cutting, Appraisal

    'Far from merely anthologizing some historical fascinomas, the editors of The Maudsley Reader in Phenomenological Psychiatry have provided a service to those involved in contemporary psychiatric practice, investigation, and training. The Reader can - with the editors' encouragement - be browsed according to one's interests and needs.' Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

    'The editors have performed a great service to readers in selecting and organising this work in a meaningful way … the book represents a formidable piece of scholarship.' British Journal of Psychiatry

    'The Reader is deserving of wide readership among all those with an interest in mental disorder: a tool to enhance, rather than undermine current psychiatric practices.' Journal of Mental Health

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521709279
    • length: 298 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 189 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    How to read this book
    Part I. Intellectual Background:
    1. Introduction
    Section 1. Influences on Phenomenology:
    2. Franz Brentano (1838–1917): Brentano, F. (1887), 'The Concept of a Descriptive Psychology'
    Brentano, F. (1874), 'The Distinction between Mental and Physical Phenomena'
    3. Wilhelm Dilthey (1833–1911): Dilthey, W. (1894), 'Ideas about a Descriptive and Analytical Psychology'
    4. Max Weber (1864–1920): Weber, M. (1949), 'Objectivity' in Social Science and Social Policy'
    5. Henri Bergson (1859–1941): Bergson, H. (1910), Selections from 'Time and Free Will: An Essay on the Immediate Data of Consciousness'
    Section 2. Phenomenological Philosophy:
    6. Edmund Husserl (1859–1938): Husserl, E. (1919), 'Ideas 1'
    Husserl, E. (1948), Selections from 'Experience and Judgment'
    7. Max Scheler (1874–1928): Scheler, M. (1913–14) 'Phenomenology and the Theory of Cognition'
    Scheler, M. (1928), Selections from 'Man's Place in Nature'
    Scheler, M. (1913–16), 'Feeling and Feeling States'
    Scheler, M. (1922), Selections from 'The Nature of Sympathy'
    Scheler, M. (1914), 'On the Idea of Man'
    Scheler, M. (1928), Selections from 'The Human Place in the Cosmos'
    8. Martin Heidegger (1889–1976): Heidegger, M. (1919), 'The Idea of Philosophy and the Problem of Worldview,' War Emergency Semester
    Heidegger, M. (1994), Selections from 'Introduction to Phenomenological Research'
    Heidegger, M. (1927), 'The Worldhood of the World'
    Heidegger, M. (1927), 'Fear as a Mode of State-of-Mind'
    Part II. The Phenomenological Approach in Psychiatry:
    9. Introduction
    10. Jaspers' approach 1: static understanding – 'phenomenology': Jaspers, K. (1912), 'The Phenomenological Approach in Psychopathology'
    11. Jaspers' approach 2: genetic understanding – 'Verstehen': Jaspers, K. (1959), 'Meaningful psychic connections'
    12. Minkowski's structural approach: Minkowski, E. (1933), 'The Notion of a Generating Disorder and the Structural Analysis of Mental Disorders'
    13. Binswanger's existential approach: Binswanger, L. (1946), 'The Existential Analysis School of Thought'
    Part III. Phenomenologies of Mental Disorder:
    14. Introduction
    15. Brain injury: Goldstein, K. (1940), 'Pathology and the Nature of Man: The Abstract Attitude in Patients with Lesions of the Brain Cortex'
    16. Schizophrenia: Jaspers, K. (1959), 'The Worlds of Schizophrenic Patients'
    Minkowski, E. (1927), 'The Essential Disorder Underlying Schizophrenia and Schizophrenic Thought'
    Binswanger, L. (1956), 'Extravagance, Perverseness, Manneristic Behaviour and Schizophrenia'
    Blankenburg, W. (1968), 'First Steps Toward a Psychopathology of 'Common Sense''
    Blankenburg, W. (1965), 'On the Differential Phenomenology of Delusional Perception: A Study of an Abnormal Significant Experience'
    Conrad, K. (1958), 'Beginning Schizophrenia: Attempt for a Gestalt-Analysis of Delusion'
    Rümke, H. (1948), 'The Nuclear Symptom of Schizophrenia and the Praecox Feeling'
    17. Affective disorder: Binswanger, L. (1964), 'On the Manic Mode of Being-in-the-World'
    Schneider, K. (1920), 'The Stratification of Emotional Life and the Structure of States of Depression'
    Straus, E. (1928), 'The Experience of Time in Endogenous Depression and in the Psychopathic Depressive State'
    von Gebstattel, V. (1928), 'Compulsive Thought Relating to Time in Melancholia'
    Tellenbach, H. (1982), 'Melancholy as Endocosmogenic Psychosis'
    18. Obsessive compulsive disorder: Straus, E. (1938), 'The Pathology of Compulsion'
    von Gebsattel, V. (1938), 'The World of the Compulsive'
    19. Other: Scheler, M. (1913), 'The Psychology of So-called Compensation Hysteria and the Real Battle against Illness'
    von Gebsattel, V. (1963), 'The Meaning of Medical Practice'
    Merleau-Ponty, M. (1945), 'Cézanne's Doubt'

  • Editors

    Matthew R. Broome, University of Warwick
    Matthew Broome is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist in Early Intervention, Division of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

    Robert Harland, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
    Robert Harland is Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, Psychosis Clinical Academic Group, Maudsley Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London.

    Gareth S. Owen, Institute of Psychiatry, London
    Gareth S. Owen is Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London.

    Argyris Stringaris, Institute of Psychiatry, London
    Argyris Stringaris is Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Maudsley Hospital, London.

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