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Philosophy Psychiatry and NeuroscienceA Synthetic Analysis of the Varieties of Human Experience$
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Edward M. Hundert

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198248965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198248965.001.0001

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Philosophy Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Edward M. Hundert

Oxford University Press

This chapter compares the study of the mind to that of a complex crystal, noting that a complete understanding of its current shape might require some understanding of its growth and formation. The purpose of this book is to elaborate a new perspective from which the approaches to the mind may be viewed as aspects of a single truth. The book provides a review of four psychiatric schools: objective-descriptive, psychoanalytic, existential, and interpersonal psychiatry. But certain schools are conspicuously absent without explanation. Their omission stems from a perspective defined by the expression ‘Approaches to the Mind’. There are some very sophisticated and useful theories of human behaviour that either omit as superfluous or reject as injurious the whole concept of mind.

Keywords:   human experience, psychiatry, objective-descriptive, psychoanalytic, existential

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