Delusions and Beliefs: A Philosophical Inquiry

1st Edition

Kengo Miyazono

Routledge
December 10, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 112 Pages
ISBN 9781138242715 - CAT# Y312192
Series: Routledge Focus on Philosophy

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Summary

What sort of mental state is a delusion? What causes delusions? Why are delusions pathological? This book examines these questions, which are normally considered separately, in a much-needed exploration of an important and fascinating topic, Kengo Miyazono assesses the philosophical, psychological and psychiatric literature on delusions to argue that delusions are malfunctioning beliefs. Delusions belong to the same category as beliefs but - unlike healthy irrational beliefs - fail to play the function of beliefs.

Delusions and Beliefs: A Philosophical Inquiry will be of great interest to students of philosophy of mind and psychology and philosophy of mental disorder, as well as those in related fields such as mental health and psychiatry.

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