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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 Synopsis

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.

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

Sass wants to do something in this book which it is generally believed cannot be done-to provide an 'essential' definition of schizophrenia. Sass wishes to do this because his definition of schizophrenia parallels many of the cultural manifestations of twentieth-century life. A clearly written, well-argued book which will have a lot of people talking about it. -- Sander L. Gilman, Cornell University 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. * Psychoanalytic Books *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780801498992
Publication date: 1st June 1995
Author: Louis A. Sass
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Psychology, Psychiatry, History of Western philosophy,

About Louis A. Sass

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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