Feelings of being : phenomenology, psychiatry and the sense of reality

Matthew Ratcliffe

Feelings of Being is the first ever account of the nature, role and variety of 'existential feelings' in psychiatric illness and in everyday life. There is a great deal of current philosophical and scientific interest in emotional feelings. However, many of the feelings that people struggle to express in their everyday lives do not appear on standard lists of emotions. For example, there are feelings of unreality, surreality, unfamiliarity, estrangement, heightened existence, isolation, emptiness, belonging, significance, insignificance, and the list goes on. Ratcliffe refers to such feelings as 'existential' because they comprise a changeable sense of being part of a world In this book, Ratcliffe argues that existential feelings form a distinctive group by virtue of three characteristics: they are bodily feelings, they constitute ways of relating to the world as a whole, and they are responsible for our sense of reality. He explains how something can be a bodily feeling and, at the same time, a sense of reality and belonging.He then explores the role of altered feeling in psychiatric illness, showing how an account of existential feeling can help us to understand experiential changes that occur in a range of conditions, including depression, circumscribed delusions, depersonalisation and schizophrenia. The book also addresses the contribution made by existential feelings to religious experience and to philosophical thought.

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[目次]

  • Introduction
  • PART I - THE STRUCTURE OF EXISTENTIAL FEELING
  • 1. Emotions and bodily feelings
  • 2. Existential feelings
  • 3. The phenomenology of touch
  • PART II - VARIETIES OF EXISTENTIAL FEELING IN PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESS
  • 4. Body and world
  • 5. Feeling and belief in the Capgras delusion
  • 6. Feelings of deadness and depersonalization
  • 7. Existential feeling in schizophrenia
  • PART III - EXISTENTIAL FEELING AND PHILOSOPHICAL THOUGHT
  • 8. What William James really said
  • 9. Stance, feeling and belief
  • 10. Pathologies of existential feeling

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書名 Feelings of being : phenomenology, psychiatry and the sense of reality
著作者等 Ratcliffe, Matthew
シリーズ名 International perspectives in philosophy and psychiatry
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2008
ページ数 ix, 309 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780199206469
NCID BA87532851
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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