Progress and Reversions: Movement in the Hermeneutic Circle of Culture

Abstract: In this essay I present culture as a realm constituted by a circular movement where progress is constantly confronted (and questioned) by different forms of reversions. By progress I mean specifically oriented changes we observe in culture. Many of them are rooted in the development of technology and science, or stem from demographical changes and intercultural influences….

2020-02Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Status of Experts in Psychiatry

Preview: Where should we look for an answer to the question whether a psychiatrist is an expert? In analyses of the concept of “expert”? In sociological studies? Or perhaps in opinions formulated by psychiatrists themselves? The subject is not as simple as it might first seem and the answer cannot be obvious. Certainly, psychiatrists…

Beyond Diagnosis and Symptoms

Preview: Anthony Quinton in 1985 in a lecture to the British Academy said that madness is a topic that should be of interest to philosophers but they have surprisingly little to say about it. Twenty years later it turned out that philosophers have surprisingly much to say about it. Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, as…

2018-02Thematic Section
Recognition and Diagnosis from the Perspective of an Anthropological Philosophy of Culture

Abstract: The aim of my article is to analyze the concepts and phenomena of diagnosis and recognition, often considered to be semantically identical. While in psychiatric practice such an identity does not necessarily have adverse effects, in the anthropological and cultural domains identification of diagnosis and recognition may cause stigmatization, or other…

Mystical Experience: Pathology, or Supernormality?

Abstract: In the contemporary humanities there is still a problem with the understanding of the great texts of Western Mysticism – the common interpretations oscillate between taking the mysticism as the pathology or as the supernormality. Different researchers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, theologians and philosophers, are usually presenting theories that are either…