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One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology (International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry)

One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology (International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry) [Kindle Edition]

Giovanni Stanghellini , Thomas Fuchs
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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

About the Author

Giovanni Stanghellini, Professor of Dynamic Psychology and Psychopathology , 'G. d'Annunzio' University, Chieti, Italy,Thomas Fuchs, Karl Jaspers-Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, University of Heidelberg, Germany

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 founding chair of European Psychiatric Association section "Philosophy and Psychiatry" and of World Psychiatric Association section "Psychiatry and the Humanities". He also founded, with Bill Fulford and John Sadler, the Intenrantional 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 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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  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (4 July 2013)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Primarily for professionals 4 Oct 2013
By Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe VINE VOICE
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This is the 40th title in OUP's Series Int. Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychology. Jaspers' work was published in German in 1913 and in English translation 7ed 1997. Jaspers subsequently moved on to philosophy but this work,which has retained its contemporary interest, questioned the then diagnostic criteria and methods of clinical psychiatry. It introduced the biographical method of studying patients in detail and examining how patients felt about their symptoms and advocated diagnosing symptoms by form rather than content and concentrating on "How" rather than "What".

There are 18 essays by different authorities which provide a stimulating overview on contemporary controversies and approaches to psychiatry. The book is obviously aimed at professionals but the general reader who is struggling to make sense of mental illness will find the introductions and some individual essays understandable and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fairly difficult read 21 Mar 2014
By DJ Bez
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I have given this 5 stars as I believe it is unfair to give anything less to something that, by my own admission, I wasn't able to summon up the will to finish, in the greater scheme of things. Whilst many books of this type (and I was especially hoping, this one) can be fairly accessible to lay readers, being a Paramedic with rudimentary training (approx 30 2hr lectures) in mental health issues was the closest I was ever going to get to the subject of this book. That's a shame, as its a fascinating subject and I will not only keep this book for now, but investigate, as the Americans would say, a 'primer' on the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Karl Jaspers' legacy 1 Nov 2013
By Phill Lister VINE VOICE
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There's an interesting interview with one of the editors here


It seems that Jaspers' approach is more interested in the form rather than content of unusual "mental" experiences i.e. content is meaningless and therefore unimportant - opposite from Hearing Voices (Romme) approach where content is significant and a route to recovery through the individual's biography and phenomenology, and which has been so useful to many.

The book is divided into three sections - "Historical and cultural background", "Methodological Issues and Concepts" and "Clinical Concepts". The 22 contributors provide a relatively thorough critical analysis of Jaspers' approach and legacy and there is some fascinating discussion even if the language used is very academic.

Not for the casual reader, then, but a welcome addition to the critical literature about psychiatry and mental "illness".
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