The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind (Paperback)Louis A. Sass (author)
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Insanity-in clinical practice as in the popular imagination-is seen as a state of believing things that are not true and perceiving things that do not exist. Most schizophrenics, however, do not act as if they mistake their delusions for reality. In a work of uncommon insight and empathy, Louis A. Sass shatters conventional thinking about insanity by juxtaposing the narratives of delusional schizophrenics with the philosophical writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
"In this scholarly and well-written book, the author seeks to reinterpret Schreber by means of the following idiosyncratic syllogism: the doctrine of solipsism is central in Wittgenstein; solipsism is an explanation of schizophrenia; solipsism is an explaination of Schreber."* Psychoanalytic Books *
"Sass wants to do something in this book which it is generally believed cannot be done-to provide an 'essential' definition of schizophrenia. Sass wishes to do this because his definition of schizophrenia parallels many of the cultural manifestations of twentieth-century life. A clearly written, well-argued book which will have a lot of people talking about it."-- Sander L. Gilman, Cornell University
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