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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Models

Phenomenological and Hermeneutic Models

Understanding and Interpretation in Psychiatry

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(p.351) Chapter 24 PHENOMENOLOGICAL AND HERMENEUTIC MODELS
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The Philosophy of Psychiatry
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Jennifer Radden
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.003.0026

This chapter argues that an exclusive employment of the methodologies of “evidence-based” psychiatry and neurobiology—neither applicable to psychopathology and psychotherapy—forfeits a large part of the understanding of mental disorders. While there cannot be an all-inclusive theory of mental disorders, the “laws of psychological understanding” enunciated by Karl Jaspers and the neglected value of understanding and interpretation in an essential and complementary explanatory model, are discussed.

Keywords:   hermeneutics, psychological understanding, phenomenology, Jurgen Habermas, Karl Jaspers, psychotherapy

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