Psychosis: Phenomenological and Psychoanalytical Approaches

Jozef Corveleyn (Editor), Paul Moyaert (Editor),

Series: Figures of the Unconscious 3

Category: Psychoanalysis

Language: English

ISBN: 9789058672797

Publication date: February 17, 2003

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Size: 240 x 160 x mm


These days a book on psychosis composed entirely of psychoanalytic contributions is a rarity. It can create surprise that, in what some have called “the decade of the brain“, scholars on psychoanalysis, psychiatry and psychology still continue to develop a project of understanding and explaining psychosis from a phenomenological and psychodynamic perspective. And yet such a project not only continues to exist in spite of the dominance of the neuro-biological model, but elaborates itself self-consciously in contradistinction to and even as a corrective to this model. The contributors to this publication share the following concern: “The present-day biologisation and neurologisation of psychiatry has dangerously de-emphasized the concern with the individual suffering soul, with the psyche in psychiatry. But if this means a gain in the scientific status of psychiatry, it is at the same time a loss for patients and practitioners alike.” (Lothane Z., 2002, The Perennial Sullivan, p. 78-80) Most of the contributions made to this volume build globally on the ideas of De Waelhens, known for his studies in phenomenology on Heidegger and Merlau-Ponty, as well as for his phenomenological and psychoanalytical research in psychosis. The limits of phenomenology, as formulated by De Waelhens in the last chapter of his La philosophie et les experiences naturelles (1961), incited him to broaden the scope of his perspective; to unravel the basic existential structures to Dasein it is necessary to study human existence in its vulnerability, and it is exactly this vulnerability that breaks through in phenomena such as schizophrenia and paranoia. The broadening of his perspective obliged him to combine phenomenology with psychoanalysis and this resulted in his major work Schizophrenia: A philosophical reflection on Lacan’s structuralistic interpretation (1978), recently partially re-edited by Ver Eecke in our series Figures of the unconscious.

Jozef Corveleyn & Paul Moyaert

Phenomenology and psychoanalysis: reflections in reference to the book of Alphonse De Waelhens, Schizophrenia
Antoine Vergote

The Vicissitudes of corporeality in schizophrenia: A psychoanalytical approach
Stefaan Soenen & Jozef Corveleyn

Body, drive and effect in schizophrenia, from the psychoanalytic perspective
Paul Moyaert

Freud and Lacan on neurosis and psychosis
Antoine Vergote

The elderly paranoiac in front of the mirror. Reflections on the current relevance of psychoanalytical and phenomenological criteria of psychosis for the clinical psychiatrist
Jan Godderis

Gaze, drive and body in Lacan and Merleau-Ponty
Rudolf Bernet

Ethical issues in the Schreber case Zvi Lothane “ A man lying in the manner of a woman “: Soul murder, demonology, sodomy and the father in the Memoirs of D.P.Schreber
Daniel Devreese


Jozef Corveleyn

Jozef Corveleyn is klinisch psycholoog en psychoanalyticus, gewoon hoogleraar aan het departement psychologie van de K.U. Leuven en deeltijds verbonden aan de Faculteit psychologie en pedagogiek van de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Paul Moyaert

Paul Moyaert (Hoger Instituut van Wijsbegeerte, KU Leuven)

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