Schizophrenia, Social Practices and Cultural Values: A Conceptual Introduction

  • Inês HipólitoEmail author
  • Jorge Gonçalves
  • João G. Pereira
Part of the Studies in Brain and Mind book series (SIBM, volume 12)


Schizophrenia is usually described as a fragmentation of subjective experience and the impossibility to engage in meaningful cultural and intersubjective practices. Although the term schizophrenia is less than 100 years old, madness is generally believed to have accompanied mankind through its historical and cultural ontogeny. What does it mean to be “mad”? The failure to adopt social practices or to internalize cultural values of common sense? Despite the vast amount of literature and research, it seems that the study of schizophrenia and of the psychoses is suffering from a generic disintegration. In this introduction, we offer an historical overview of the variety of theories and approaches to schizophrenia. We also provide an overview of how the authors in this volume attempt an integrative account where training, practice, theory and research are considered as parts of a larger whole. This is a varied and pluralistic volume, and it is up to the readers to make use of different chapters according to their own needs.



The editors would like to specially thank the authors for their commitment. This volume would also not have been possible without the profitable comments and insightful suggestions of Ana Godinho Gil, António Marques, David Hardisty, Hanne De Jaegher, Jonas Weijers, Louis Sass, Miguel Antunes, Marino Perez Alvarez, Nuno Venturinha, Phillip Gerrans, Sam Sellar, Shaun Gallagher, Sofia Miguens, and Tim Thornton.

The editors are also very thankful to the Institute of Philosophy of Nova, at Nova University of Lisbon, and to Lisbon Mind and Reasoning Group for the unconditional support. Finally, to the participants at the Schizophrenia and Common Sense Conference, and at the Philosophy and Schizophrenia Workshop, both organized by the Lisbon Mind and Reasoning Group, Nova University of Lisbon and Romão de Sousa Foundation, where the authors had the chance to discuss their arguments and ideas effectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Inês Hipólito
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jorge Gonçalves
    • 2
  • João G. Pereira
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social InquiryUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas IFILNOVAUniversidade Nova de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Romão de Sousa FoundationUniversity of ÉvoraEstremozPortugal

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