General Psychopathology

General Psychopathology

by Karl Jaspers
     
 

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In 1910, Karl Jaspers wrote a seminal essay on morbid jealousy in which he laid the foundation for the psychopathological phenomenology that through his work and the work of Hans Gruhle and Kurt Schneider, among others, would become the hallmark of the Heidelberg school of psychiatry. In General Psychopathology, his most important contribution to the

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In 1910, Karl Jaspers wrote a seminal essay on morbid jealousy in which he laid the foundation for the psychopathological phenomenology that through his work and the work of Hans Gruhle and Kurt Schneider, among others, would become the hallmark of the Heidelberg school of psychiatry. In General Psychopathology, his most important contribution to the Heidelberg school, Jaspers critiques the scientific aspirations of psychotherapy, arguing that in the realm of the human, the explanation of behavior through the observation of regularity and patterns in it ( Erklärende Psychologie) must be supplemented by an understanding of the "meaning-relations" experienced by human beings ( Verstehende Psychologie).

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Review of Metaphysics
Karl Jaspers was only thirty when he amassed the data and expounded the methods and interpretations that give his Psychopathologie a place at the side of James' monumental Principles of Psychology. Like James, he later turned to philosophy. He certainly shared James' radically empirical spirit; he documented more systematically the challenge to the methodological imperialism to which psychopathology was subject in his day.

— Peter A. Bertocci

Review of Metaphysics - Peter A. Bertocci

Karl Jaspers was only thirty when he amassed the data and expounded the methods and interpretations that give his Psychopathologie a place at the side of James' monumental Principles of Psychology. Like James, he later turned to philosophy. He certainly shared James' radically empirical spirit; he documented more systematically the challenge to the methodological imperialism to which psychopathology was subject in his day.

Booknews
Originally published in German as in 1913, this edition retains the complete text of the original and includes a foreword on the context of the work, plus the author's prefaces for seven previous editions. Jaspers' most important contribution to the Heidelberg school of psychiatry critiques the scientific aspirations of psychotherapy, arguing that in the realm of the human, observation must be supplemented by an understanding of the "meaning-relations" experienced by human beings. Volume I contains Parts I and II, on individual psychic phenomena and meaningful psychic connections. Volume II contains Parts III-VI, on the causal connections of psychic life, the conception of psychic life as a whole, the abnormal psyche in society and history, and the human being as a whole. Available separately at $24.95 each (vol I: 5775-9, vol. II: 5815-1). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801857751
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Series:
General Psychopathology Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
556
Sales rank:
655,645
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.24(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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E. W. Anderson
As long as psychiatric diagnosis and treatment rest on psychopathological investigation, the continuing improvement and sharpening of this tool of investigation must remain a prime concern to psychiatrists. This book is a guide to that technique; still irreplaceable, much of it is still as fresh as the day it was written and still a lively stimulus to others yet to come.

Meet the Author

Karl Jaspers (1883-1969), a founder of existentialism, studied law and medicine at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, and received his M.D. in 1909. He taught psychiatry and philosophy at the University of Heidelberg, and philosophy at the University of Basel in Switzerland. His books include Psychology of World Views, and Philosophy.

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