The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind

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Cornell University Press, Aug 6, 2018 - Psychology - 208 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 A Minds Eye World
17
2 Enslaved Sovereign Observed Spectator
51
3 A Vast Museum of Strangeness
86
Conclusion
118
Notes
131
Index
171
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Louis A. Sass is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. He is the author of Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought.

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