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Overview of Chapter 1Introduction 

Overview of Chapter 1Introduction
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date: 07 December 2019

The introductory chapter consists of three parts. First, it will overview the notions of recovery and mental illness as commonly used, as well as related notions such as health, and the background to the emergence of the notion of recovery as central in the contemporary mental health field. As part of that, it will highlight philosophical and related challenges in relation to the notion(s) of recovery of people with mental illness. Secondly, it will argue for and illustrate the contention of the book (and the series) that philosophical reflection and mental healthcare practice, policy, and research can inform and influence each other. As part of that, it will demonstrate how a process–theoretic approach can help to clarify the well-known distinction between recovery as outcome and recovery as process in relation to mental illness. Last, it will briefly describe each chapter and its relationship to the book as a whole, to outline the book and its pluralistic coherence.

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