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No non-sense without imagination

schizophrenic delusion as reified imaginings unchallengeable by perception

Daria Dibitonto

pp. 181-203

Psychopathology of schizophrenia is presented as a core issue for an enactive theory that is confronted by non-sense. The core disturbance of schizophrenia has been recently identified with disembodiment: a lack, or weakening, of sensory-motor self-awareness. The problem of the transition from prodromal disembodiment to acute schizophrenic symptoms (hallu- cinations and delusions) is discussed. A phenomenological psychology of imagination turns out to be necessary to explain this transition and to conceive of schizophrenic delusion as reified imaginings unchallenge- able by perception. The enactive approach to the psychopathology of schizophrenia shows that there can be no radical experience of non-sense without imagination, but also that imagination is a crucial faculty to make sense of non-sense in embodied and embedded psychotherapies.

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DOI: 10.1057/9781137363367_8

Full citation:

Dibitonto, D. (2014)., No non-sense without imagination: schizophrenic delusion as reified imaginings unchallengeable by perception, in M. Cappuccio & T. Froese (eds.), Enactive cognition at the edge of sense-making, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 181-203.

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