Mind and madness: New directions in the philosophy of psychiatry

In A. Phillips Griffiths (ed.), Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement. Cambridge University Press 5-24 (1995)
The links between Descartes logito and the schizophrenic symptom of "inserted thoughts" are used to illustrate the potential for two- way exchange between philosophy and psychiatry. Patients suffering thought insertion have thoughts in their heads, which "they" are thinking, but which they experience as the thoughts "of someone else": "I think therefore someone else is". Philosophical work on personal identity helps to clarify the remarkable phenomenological features of thought insertion: conversely, thought insertion challenges philosophical theories of personal identity. More generally, future cross- disciplinary work will require a strong academic infrastructure, including training and research
Keywords Madness  Mind  Psychiatry  Rationality  Science
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DOI 10.1017/S1358246100009942
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