9780415147866

Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity: Studies of Verbal Hallucinations

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    9780415147866

  • ISBN10:

    0415147867

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-06-20
  • Publisher: Brunner-Routled

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Summary

Records of people experiencing verbal hallucinations or hearing voices can be found throughout history.Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanityexamines almost 2,800 years of these reports including Socrates, Schreber and Pierre Janet's "Marcelle", to provide a clear understanding of the experience and how it may have changed over the millenia. Through six cases of historical and contemporary voice hearers, Leudar and Thomas demonstrate how the experience has metamorphosed from being a sign of virtue to a sign of insanity, signalling such illnesses as schizophrenia or dissociation. They argue that the experience is interpreted by the voice hearer according to social categories conveyed through language, and is therefore best studied as a matter of language use. Controversially, they conclude that 'hearing voices' is an ordinary human experience which is unfortunately either mystified or pathologised. Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanityoffers a fresh perspective on this enigmaticexperience and will be of interest to students, researchers and clinicians alike.

Author Biography

Ivan Leudar is Reader in Psychology at the University of Manchester Philip Thomas is a Consultant Psychiatrist with Bradford Community Trust and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bradford

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 1(6)
The daemon of Socrates
7(21)
On the history of the concept of hallucination
8(6)
The sign of Socrates
14(11)
What the daemon of Socrates could do with words
25(3)
The gods of Achilles
28(24)
Julian Jaynes on gods and voices
29(4)
Social action in the Iliad
33(7)
The gods and heroes in the Iliad
40(6)
The voices of Achilles
46(6)
The souls of Daniel Paul Schreber
52(17)
Pragmatics of Schreber's supernatural world
53(7)
Mixing metaphors in the Court
60(9)
Pierre Janet on verbal hallucinations: the case of Marcelle
69(21)
Pragmatists on self
90(17)
William James on consciousness of self
91(7)
Mead on the socially reflexive self
98(7)
Are voices mutations of self?
105(2)
Verbal hallucinations in contemporary psychiatry
107(22)
Hearing voices and psychopathology
108(10)
Voices and therapists
118(11)
Working with voices
129(19)
The participants
131(3)
Dialogical properties of Peg's voices
134(10)
Follow-up
144(4)
The frenzy of Anthony Smith: hearing voices in British national newspapers
148(25)
Voices in British national newspapers
149(3)
The frenzy of Anthony Smith
152(14)
Voices in the House of Commons
166(7)
Voice-talk
173(34)
On what voices do with words
175(25)
On mundane reality testing
200(7)
Conclusion
207(3)
Notes 210(5)
Bibliography 215(9)
Index 224

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