One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology

One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology

Giovanni Stanghellini and Thomas Fuchs

Print publication date: Jul 2013

ISBN: 9780199609253

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

In 1913 Karl Jaspers published his psychiatric opus magnum - the Allgemeine Psychopathologie (General Psychopathology). His inspiration: to bring order into the chaos of abnormal psychic phenomena by rigorous description, definition and classification, and to empower psychiatry with a valid and reliable method to assess and make sense of abnormal human subjectivity. After almost one century, many of the concepts challenged by Jaspers are still at issue, and Jaspers' investigation is even now the ground for analyses and discussions. With the publication of the DSM-V, many of the issues concerning methodology and diagnosis are still the subject of much discussion and debate. This volume brings together leading psychiatrists and philosophers to discuss and evaluate the impact of this volume, its relevance today, and the legacy it left.

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