Mental Illness and Imagination in Philosophy, Literature, and Psychiatry
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Original versionPhilosophy and Literature 37(2013) Nr.2, S.507-523 http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/phl.2013.0019
Can existential themes, such as anxiety, the will to die, or our simultaneous will to live forever be logically described? Does a literary language or philosophical and psychiatric term exist that can express phenomena nonreferential to the external world? In short, does a genre exist that can redefine the relationships between symbol and meaning? Drawing upon various theoretical perspectives developed by Michel Foucault, Ludwig Binswanger, Gaston Bachelard, and Karl Jaspers, this paper discusses the ability to depict life as we are living it, whether it is a product of mental illness or a matter of normal schizophrenic imaginings.