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This book offers a comprehensive study of the views of ancient philosophers on mental disorders. Relying on the original Greek and Latin textual sources, the author describes and analyses how the ancient philosophers explained mental illness and its symptoms, including hallucinations, delusions, strange fears and inappropriate moods, and how they accounted for the respective roles of body and mind in such disorders. Also considered are ethical questions relating to mental illness, approaches to treatment and the position of mentally ill people in societies of the times.
The volume opens with a historical overview that examines ancient medical accounts of mental illness, from Hippocrates' famous Sacred Disease to late antiquity medical authors. Separate chapters interpret in detail the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Galen and the Stoics, and a final chapter summarises the views of various strains of Scepticism, the Epicurean school and the Middle and Neo-Platonists.
Offering an important and useful contribution to the study of ancient philosophy, psychology and medicine, This volume sheds new light on the history of mental illness, and presents a new angle on ancient philosophical psychology.
- Book Title Mental Disorders in Ancient Philosophy
- Series Title Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
- Series Abbreviated Title Studies History Philosophy
- DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-03431-7
- Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
- Publisher Name Springer, Cham
- eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
- Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-03430-0
- Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-37722-3
- eBook ISBN 978-3-319-03431-7
- Edition Number 1
- Number of Pages XI, 265
- Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
Philosophy of Mind
History of Psychology
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