Phenomenology, Psychopathology, and Pre-Reflective Experience

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In this chapter, I introduce phenomenology and phenomenological psychopathology by clarifying the kind of implicit experiences that phenomenologists are concerned with. In section one, I introduce the phenomenological concept of pre-reflective experience, focusing especially on its relation to the concept of implicit experience. In section two, I introduce the structure of pre-reflective self-consciousness, which has been studied extensively by both classical phenomenologists and contemporary phenomenological psychopathologists. In section three, I show how phenomenological psychopathologists rely on an account of pre-reflective self-consciousness to better understand the experience of schizophrenia and I outline some of the methodological challenges that arise in this field of research. This introduction should facilitate critical engagement and collaboration between phenomenologists and researchers working across a variety of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, the cognitive sciences, and analytic philosophy of mind.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Philosophy and Implicit Cognition
EditorsJ. Robert Thompson
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-85718-9, 978-1-032-42370-8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-01458-4
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesThe Routledge International Handbook Series


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