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Published: 26 June 2008

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780199206469

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Feelings of Being

Phenomenology, psychiatry and the sense of reality

Matthew Ratcliffe

International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry

  • Offers the first detailed philosophical study of a class of feelings that the author calls 'existential feelings', describing an aspect of experience that is central to many forms of psychiatric illness but is often neglected or misunderstood
  • Offers a phenomenological framework that can be adopted to aid interpretation of a range of anomalous experiences in psychiatric illness
  • Emphasises how phenomenology and psychiatry can interact in a way that is mutually beneficial

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