Show Summary Details
Page of

Phenomenology and psychopathology: in search of a method 

Phenomenology and psychopathology: in search of a method
Chapter:
Phenomenology and psychopathology: in search of a method
Author(s):

Osborne P. Wiggins

and Michael Alan Schwartz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199609253.003.0002
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © 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: 25 February 2020

We outline a phenomenological method for a science of psychopathology. Method is conceived as the mode of experiencing an object which can deliver the best direct evidence of the object available. Hence a main aim of our chapter is to sketch a method for the science of psychopathology that can establish this best evidence for claims about abnormal mental realities. The best source of evidentially grounded claims regarding psychopathological experiences is located in the clinical interview and dialogue. The method of hermeneutics adds needed detail. Our concept of hermeneutics goes back to Dilthey and up to Ricoeur. The need for the psychiatrist to “re-live” or “re-experience” of the patient’s experiences is stressed. We relate this to the phenomenological concept of quasi-experience or imaginative experience. Finally we discuss how conceptual generalization and the formation of scientific categories can follow from this phenomenological procedure.

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.