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Mind, language, and meaning 

Mind, language, and meaning
Mind, language, and meaning
Postpsychiatry: Mental health in a postmodern world

Patrick Bracken

and Philip Thomas


In Chapter 5, we continue to develop some of the themes that emerged in Chapter 4, this time with regard to cognitivism and the relationship between mind, language and meaning. We trace the common roots of cognitivism (and its therapeutic offshoot, cognitive therapy) and psycholinguistics, through the theories of George Miller and Noam Chomsky. Cognitivism and psycholinguistics have played an important role in recent theories of psychosis, especially the experiences that are associated with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. We consider the theories of Chris Frith as an example of this. The second half of this chapter mounts a critique of this work using the later philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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