One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology

ISBN : 9780199609253

Giovanni Stanghellini; Thomas Fuchs
344 Pages
166 x 233 mm
Pub date
Jul 2013
International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry
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2013 sees the centenary of Jaspers' foundation of psychopathology as a science in its own right. In 1913 Karl Jaspers published his psychiatric opus magnum - the Allgemeine Psychopathologie (General Psychopathology). Jaspers was working at a time much like our own - with rapid expansion in the neurosciences, and responding to the philosophical challenges that this raised. The idea inspiring his book was very simple: to bring order into the chaos of abnormal psychic phenomena by rigorous description, definition and classification, and to empower psychiatry with a valid and reliable method to assess and make sense of abnormal human subjectivity. After almost one century, many of the concepts challenged by Jaspers are still at issue, and Jaspers' investigation is even now the ground for analyses and discussions. With a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) imminent, many of the issues concerning methodology and diagnosis are still the subject of much discussion and debate. This volume brings together leading psychiatrists and philosophers to discuss and evaluate the impact of this volume, its relevance today, and the legacy it left. "Jaspers' General Psychopathology is not an easy text to read. Especially nowadays, in the Internet era, it may appear in several parts obscure, convoluted, or repetitive. This is why the present volume has the potential to be not only attractive to scholars, but also extremely useful for young psychiatrists and busy clinicians. It may represent for them a 'guide' to the reading of that ponderous text, helping them to extract the key messages that are likely to resonate with, and at the same time enrich, their clinical practice and theoretical reflection." - From the Introduction by Mario Maj


Editors' Introduction
Foreword: The Relevance of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology to Current Psychiatric Debate
Foreword: Particular Psychopathologies - Lessons from Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology for the new philosophy of psychiatry
General Introduction
1. Jaspers in his Time
2. Phenomenology and Psychopathology: In Search of a Method
3. Jaspers' Critique for Psychoanalysis: between Past and Future
4. Impact of Jaspers' General Psychopathology: The Range of Appraisal
5. Jaspers' General Psychopathology in the Framework of Clinical Practice
6. Form and Content In Jaspers' Psychopathology
7. Jaspers, Phenomenology, and the 'ontological Difference'
8. Jaspers on Explaining and Understanding in Psychiatry
9. Jaspers and Neuroscience
10. Jaspers the Pathographer
11. Jaspers' Existential Concept of Psychotherapy
12. The Ethics of Incomprehensibility
13. Jaspers' Hierarchical Principle and Current Psychiatric Classification
14. On Psychosis: Karl Jaspers and Beyond
15. Delusional Atmosphere and the Sense of Unreality
16. The Self in Schizophrenia: Jaspers, Schneider and beyond
17. Understanding Mood Disorders: Jaspers' Biological Existentialism
18. Reaction and development of Manic and Melancholic-Depressive Patients

About the author: 

Giovanni Stanghellini, MD and MD honoris causa, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, is full professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychopathology at G. d'Annunzio University in Chieti (Italy). He is founding chair of the European Psychiatric Association section Philosophy and Psychiatry and of the World Psychiatric Association section Psychiatry and the Humanities. He also founded, with Bill Fulford and John Sadler, the International Network for Philosophy and Psychiatry. He is co-editor of the OUP series International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry. He has written extensively on the philosophical foundations of psychiatry. Among his books published by OUP are Nature and Narrative (with KWM Fulford, K. Morris and JZ Sadler, Eds.), Disembodied Spirits and Deanimated Bodies, Emotions and Personhood, (with R. Rosfort), and the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (with KWM Fulford et al, Eds.).; Thomas Fuchs, MD, PhD, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and philosopher, is Karl Jaspers-Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry at the University of Heidelberg. He heads the phenomenology section at the Psychiatric Department, University of Heidelberg, and the philosophy section of the German Psychiatric Association (DGPPN). He is co-ordinator of the interdisciplinary European Research Project TESIS on Embodied Intersubjectivity (2011-2015, www.tesis.rtn-eu http://www.tesis.rtn-eu). He has published extensively on phenomenological psychology, psychopathology and theory of neuroscience. His book on the Ecology of the Brain will be published by OUP in 2013.

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