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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


SOLE PLANS, Sergi. Phenomenological boundaries of existential psychiatry. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.4, pp.647-660. ISSN 2340-2733.

Existential psychiatry should draw itself away from the philosophy of conscience so as to articulate not only a knowledge-based relationship but also a therapeutic one. Nonetheless, the phenomenological method which was ment to assist it lies in knowledge as understanding and does not give account for knowledge as action of being in relationship. This submission to conscience is uncovered in contemporary Existential Analysis through the psychopathology of a split subject beyond hope of cure. In another reading aware of its methodological limits, phenomenology keeps to the task of clearing a meeting place. Following the directions of the philosophy of existence, founded by S0ren A. Kierkegaard and culminated in late Heidegger, it offers a possible way to establish a relationship beyond knowledge.

Keywords : Psychiatry; Existentialism; Existential Psychology; Psychopathology; Psychotherapy.

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