The Classification, Definition, and Ontology of Delusion

Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatología Fundamental 19 (1):167-181 (2016)
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Although delusion is one of the central concepts of psychopathology, it stills eludes precise conceptualization. In this paper, I present certain basic issues concerning the classification and definition of delusion, as well as its ontological status. By examining these issues, I aim to shed light on the ambiguity of the clinical term ‘delusion’ and its extension, as well as provide clues as to why philosophers are increasingly joining the ranks of psychiatrists, psychologists, and neuroscientists in the effort to come to a comprehensive understanding of delusion.

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José Eduardo Porcher
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro


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