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The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind
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ISBN 9780801498992
REGISTERED: 04/22/18
UPDATED: 10/30/20

This book presents a novel, interesting, and altogether persuasive interpretation of the most important psychotic case of modern times.


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  • ISBN bar code 9780801498992 ξ1 registered September 21 2015
  • Product category is Book

In the formative years of psychiatry Freud, Bleuler, and Jaspers all studied Daniel Paul Schreber's Memoirs of My Nervous Illness as a model of psychotic thought. Sass provides a nuanced interpretation of Schreber's Memoirs in the context of Wittgenstein's analysis of philosophical solipsism. A dauntless critic of the illusions of philosophy, Wittgenstein likened the speculative excesses of traditional metaphysics to mental illness. Sass observes that many of the "intellectual diseases" that Wittgenstein discerned - diseases involving detachment from social existence and practical concerns, and exaggerated processes of abstraction and self-consciousness - have striking affinities with the symptoms of schizophrenia. Like the philosophical solipsist, the schizophrenic may define his or her own consciousness as the center of the universe - and may experience his or her delusional world as a product of that same consciousness.


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    ^ (1994). The Paradoxes of Delusion: Wittgenstein, Schreber, and the Schizophrenic Mind (revised Nov 2015)

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