The disunity of consciousness in psychiatric disorders

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It is often said that the normal unity of consciousness fragments, and perhaps even breaks down entirely, in psychiatric disorders. This chapter examines ways in which the unity-or, better, unities-of consciousness might be lost in the context of psychiatric disorders, such as multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, and depersonalization.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry
EditorsK.W.M. Fulford, Martin Davies, Richard G.T. Gipps, George Graham, John Z. Sadler, Giovanni Stanghellini, Tim Thornton
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780199579563
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry
PublisherOxford University Press


  • anosognosia
  • schizophrenia
  • dissociative identity disorder
  • unity of consciousness
  • self-consciousness
  • co-consciousness

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