Continental Philosophy Review 55 (1):55-75 (2022)

Dan Zahavi
University of Copenhagen
Whereas classical Critical Theory has tended to view phenomenology as inherently uncritical, the recent upsurge of what has become known as critical phenomenology has attempted to show that phenomenological concepts and methods can be used in critical analyses of social and political issues. A recent landmark publication, 50 Concepts for Critical Phenomenology, contains no reference to psychiatry and psychopathology, however. This is an unfortunate omission, since the tradition of phenomenological psychiatry—as we will demonstrate in the present article by surveying and discussing the contribution of Jaspers, Minkowski, Laing, Basaglia, and Fanon—from the outset has practiced critical thinking, be it at the theoretical, interpersonal, institutional, or political level. Fanon is today a recognized figure in critical phenomenology, even if his role in psychiatry might not yet have been appreciated as thoroughly as his anticolonial and antiracist contributions. But as we show, he is part of a long history of critical approaches in psychopathology and psychiatry, which has firm roots in the phenomenological tradition, and which keeps up its critical work today.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11007-021-09553-w
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,192
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Applied phenomenology: why it is safe to ignore the epoché.Dan Zahavi - 2019 - Continental Philosophy Review (2):1-15.

View all 24 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

An Introduction to Engaged Phenomenology.Jessica Stanier - 2022 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 53 (3):226-242.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Preserving the Eidetic Moment: A Contribution of Phenomenology to Critical Theory.David M. Rasmussen - 2008 - Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary 2008 (145):177-191.
What's Critical About Critical Phenomenology?Gayle Salamon - 2018 - Journal of Critical Phenomenology 1 (1):8.
Taking Stock of Phenomenology Futures.Shaun Gallagher - 2012 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 50 (2):304-318.


Added to PP index

Total views
18 ( #608,386 of 2,507,404 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
18 ( #47,385 of 2,507,404 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes