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The Paradoxes of Delusion Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind by Louis A. Sass

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


The Paradoxes of Delusion Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind by Louis A. Sass

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.


In this scholarly and well-written book, the author seeks to reinterpret Schreber by means of the following idiosyncratic syllogism: the doctrine of solipsism is central in Wittgenstein; solipsism is an explanation of schizophrenia; solipsism is an explaination of Schreber. -Zvi Lothane, M.D., Psychoanalytic Books, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1995

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Publication date

1st June 1995


Louis A. Sass

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Cornell University Press


208 pages


History of Western philosophy



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