Revue de presse
This book should become a classic in the study of philosophy and psychiatry. The lucidity of the writing makes it, at once, profound and accessible. While acknowledging the substantial contribution of the biological sciences to our understanding of unusual mental states, Glover explores in depth how far an observer can make sense of or interpret them. The implications for how we might think about values, identity, agency, the boundaries of illness, and treatment are most richly drawn. --George Szmukler, King's College London"
Alien Landscapes? [is] a wide-ranging philosophical investigation of psychology and a psychological examination of philosophy. --New ScientistAn interesting and readable book
, the professed aims of which are to make mental health patients seem less alien and to emphasise the role of the humane and the humanities in psychiatry. The desire to do so is utterly laudable. ... Glover s writing is sympathetic and not without humour, and his conclusions are appropriately tentative... rich with fascinating detail and full of insight into our sometimes very strange human condition.
Présentation de l'éditeur
We have made huge progress in understanding the biology of mental illnesses, but comparatively little in interpreting them at the psychological level. The eminent philosopher Jonathan Glover believes that there is real hope of progress in the human interpretation of disordered minds. The challenge is that the inner worlds of people with psychiatric disorders can seem strange, like alien landscapes, and this strangeness can deter attempts at understanding. Do people with disorders share enough psychology with other people to make interpretation possible? To explore this question, Glover tackles the hard cases the inner worlds of hospitalized violent criminals, of people with delusions, and of those diagnosed with autism or schizophrenia. Their first-person accounts offer glimpses of inner worlds behind apparently bizarre psychiatric conditions and allow us to begin to learn the language used to express psychiatric disturbance. Art by psychiatric patients, or by such complex figures as van Gogh and William Blake, give insight when interpreted from Glover s unique perspective. He also draws on dark chapters in psychiatry s past to show the importance of not medicalizing behavior that merely transgresses social norms. And finally, Glover suggests values, especially those linked with agency and identity, to guide how the boundaries of psychiatry should be drawn. Seamlessly blending philosophy, science, literature, and art, Alien Landscapes?" is both a sustained defense of humanistic psychological interpretation and a compelling example of the rich and generous approach to mental life for which it argues."