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Real Hallucinations: Psychiatric Illness, Intentionality, and the Interpersonal World

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2018.06.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Ratcliffe, Real Hallucinations: Psychiatric Illness, Intentionality, and the Interpersonal World, MIT Press, 2017, 290 pp., $40.00, ISBN 9780262036719. Reviewed by Nancy Nyquist Potter, University of Louisville How can we account for the fact that some people sense or hear voices that others do not hear, or that some people experience themselves as having thoughts yet are not thinking? How can we best understand what is entailed in the concept of a minimal self? While other writers have theorized about these subjects, Ratcliffe offers a unique and rich phenomenological approach to understanding verbal hallucinations (VH) and thought insertion (TI) that makes a brilliant and significant contribution to these conundrums. The theoretical backbone of Ratcliffe's argument uses the concept of intentionality. Intentionality is a concept in philosophy that concerns mental states such as perceiving, hoping,. . .

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