+612 9045 4394
Breaking through Schizophrenia : Lacan and Hegel for Talk Therapy - Wilfried Ver Eecke

Breaking through Schizophrenia

Lacan and Hegel for Talk Therapy

Paperback Published: 15th May 2019
ISBN: 9781538118016
Number Of Pages: 298

Share This Book:


RRP $89.99
Ships in 7 to 10 business days

Earn 144 Qantas Points
on this Book

Other Available Editions (Hide)

Breaking through Schizophrenia builds on the ideas of Jacques Lacan who argued that schizophrenia is a deficient relationship to language, in particular the difficulty to master the metaphoric dimension of language, which children acquire by the Oedipal restructuring of the psyche. This book is thus a countercultural move to present a less damaging view and a more efficient treatment method for schizophrenic persons.  Through a collection of published and unpublished articles, Ver Eecke traces the path of Lacanian thought. He discusses the importance of language for the development of human beings and examines the effectiveness of talk therapy through case studies with schizophrenic persons.

Industry Reviews

This is a very impressive work by Wilfied Ver Eecke, bringing together important studies that witness to the worth of a philosophical approach to psychosis and schizophrenia. Ver Eecke is an honored expert on Lacan and a respected interpreter of Hegel and the relevance of his thought to the psychoanalytic situation. Mental illness is seen in developmental terms and not just in terms of genetic or organic factors. We are offered a positive and hopeful orientation to the power of the word in alleviating the distress of the patient. With a significant stress on language, he makes a deft use of Hegel to provide added heft to the themes. The results are very engaging and illuminating, and the voice of Ver Eecke is not only superbly competent in an academic sense but wise in a humane sense.--William Desmond, David Cook Chair in Philosophy, Villanova University; Thomas A.F. Kelly Visiting Chair in Philosophy, Maynooth University, Ireland; and professor of philosophy emeritus, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium

Foreword by Bertram P. Karon, PhD, ABPP


Part I: Psycho-Social and Linguistic Complexity of Human Beings as a Basis to Understand Schizophrenia and Psychosis
Chapter 1: Towards a Philosophy of Psychosis
Chapter 2: The Subjective Experience of the Person with Schizophrenia
Chapter 3: Philosophical Questions about the Theory of Psychosis in the Early Lacan
Chapter 4: Paternal Metaphor and Ordinary Psychosis
Chapter 5: Theoretical and Therapeutic Implications of the Later Lacan's Complex Theory of Psychosis
Chapter 6: A Post-Lacanian View on Schizophrenia

Part II: Hegel and Lacan on Mental Illness
Chapter 7: Hegel as Lacan's Source for Necessity in Psychoanalytic Theory
Chapter 8: Hegel and Lacan on Paranoia and the Question of How to Avoid the Dangers Inherent in Ideas of Social Reform

Part III: Psychosis and Schizophrenia are Illnesses Marked by a Defective Relationships to Language
Chapter 9: Phenomenology, Linguistic Intentionality, Affectivity and Villemoes' New Therapy for Schizophrenics
Chapter 10: Self-referencing in the Language of the Severely Mentally Ill

Part IV: Lacan's Concept of "Paternal Metaphora Applied to Schreber and Holderlin
Chapter 11: Reflections on the Concept of "Paternal Metaphor"" at the Occasion of Lacan's and Schatzman's analyses of Schreber
Chapter 12: The Concept of ""A-Father"" or the Psychological Origin of Mental Breakdown in Schreber and Holderlin

Part V: Lacanian Reflections on Successful Talk Therapies with Persons Afflicted with Schizophrenia or Psychosis.
Chapter 13: A Lacanian Interpretation of Karon's Psychoanalytic Treatment of Persons Afflicted with Schizophrenia
Chapter 14: On Villemoes' Lacanian Inspired Treatment Method of Persons Afflicted with Schizophrenia
Chapter 15: On Prouty's Successful Treatment Method for Persons Afflicted with Schizophrenia


ISBN: 9781538118016
ISBN-10: 1538118017
Series: New Imago: Series in Theoretical, Clinical, and Allpied Psychoanalysis
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 15th May 2019
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

Earn 144 Qantas Points
on this Book