Psychopathology Divergent: Phenomenology and Empiricism

Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology 18 (2):157-161 (2011)
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Psychopathology has two styles. On the one hand, a tradition of phenomenological inquiry, associated in particular with the work of Karl Jaspers, that may be considered as the continental way of approaching psychopathology. On the other hand, an empirical approach more associated with the English-speaking world, which emphasizes the need for objectivity of measurement, and is as close as psychiatry gets to dustbowl empiricism. Stanghellini’s book, Disembodied Spirits and Deanimated Bodies (2004), is undoubtedly in the first tradition. It is part of the growing International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry series, the success of which suggests some recognition that much of importance in ..



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