Show Summary Details
Page of

Karl Jaspers’ hierarchical principle and current psychiatric classification 

Karl Jaspers’ hierarchical principle and current psychiatric classification
Karl Jaspers’ hierarchical principle and current psychiatric classification

Henning Sass

and Umberto Volpe

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 05 December 2020

The chapter aimed to provide a brief account of the clinical method of Karl Jaspers, along with a thorough presentation of his “hierarchical principle”, of his approach to systematic classification in psychiatry and of the aftermath of hierarchical classification concepts in the clinical psychiatric settings. A detailed historical perspective of how the Jaspers theories have influenced the subsequent classification systems and a comparison with operationalized diagnostic approaches are also presented, unveiling the most common shortcomings of the current diagnostic classifications in psychiatry. Furthermore, the role of the “inner perspective” and of the phenomenological description of subjective experiences in the clinical field is discussed, also in connection with the implications for research in psychiatry and the various intellectual frameworks for this scientific discipline.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.