While we’re following up on the Freud podcast, I caught this interesting show from ABC National Radio in Australia on schizophrenia and philosophical investigation. The show is called All in the Mind, hosted by Natasha Mitchell. In this episode, she interviews Dr Paul Fearne, who suffers from schizophrenia but managed to acknowledge it, get help and get it under control with medication and therapy. After doing so, he both published parts of his personal journal, writes poetry and got a PhD in Philosophy. Here’s the link:
The discussion is fascinating in itself, but he does specifically address the value of philosophical investigation in understanding schizophrenia, mentioning among other things:
- The difficulty in defining ‘schizophrenia’ and Wittgenstein’s thoughts on definition (e.g. ‘game’)
- Freud’s concept of schizophrenia
- Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of schizophrenia
We didn’t specifically touch on schizophrenia in reading Civ and it’s Discontents, but thought this might be of interest to our fans.