ISBN: 9780262330213 | 384 pp. | September 2015

Disturbed Consciousness

New Essays on Psychopathology and Theories of Consciousness

In Disturbed Consciousness, philosophers and other scholars examine various psychopathologies in light of specific philosophical theories of consciousness. The contributing authors—some of them discussing or defending their own theoretical work—consider not only how a theory of consciousness can account for a specific psychopathological condition but also how the characteristics of a psychopathology might challenge such a theory. Thus one essay defends the higher-order thought (HOT) theory of consciousness against the charge that it cannot account for somatoparaphrenia (a delusion in which one denies ownership of a limb). Another essay argues that various attempts to explain away such anomalies within subjective theories of consciousness fail.

Other essays consider such topics as the application of a model of unified consciousness to cases of brain bisection and dissociative identity disorder; prefrontal and parietal underconnectivity in autism and other psychopathologies; self-deception and the self-model theory of subjectivity; schizophrenia and the vehicle theory of consciousness; and a shift in emphasis away from an internal (or brainbound) approach to psychopathology to an interactive one. Each essay offers a distinctive perspective from the intersection of philosophy, consciousness research, and psychiatry.

Alexandre Billon, Andrew Brook, Paula Droege, Rocco J. Gennaro, Philip Gerrans, William Hirstein, Jakob Hohwy, Uriah Kriegel, Timothy Lane, Thomas Metzinger, Erik Myin, Inez Myin-Germeys, Myrto Mylopoulos, Gerard O’Brien, Jon Opie, J. Kevin O’Regan, Iuliia Pliushch, Robert Van Gulick

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. 1. Psychopathologies and Theories of Consciousness: An Overview

    Rocco J. Gennaro

  3. 2. Jaspers’ Dilemma: The Psychopathological Challenge to Subjectivity Theories of Consciousness

    Alexandre Billon and Uriah Kriegel

  4. 3. Somatoparaphrenia, Anosognosia, and Higher-Order Thoughts

    Rocco J. Gennaro

  5. 4. Consciousness, Action, and Pathologies of Agency

    Myrto Mylopoulos

  6. 5. Self, Belonging, and Conscious Experience: A Critique of Subjectivity Theories of Consciousness

    Timothy Lane

  7. 6. From Darwin to Freud: Confabulation as an Adaptive Response to Dysfunctions of Consciousness

    Paula Droege

  8. 7. Self-Deception and the Dolphin Model of Cognition

    Iuliia Pliushch and Thomas Metzinger

  9. 8. Disorders of Unified Consciousness: Brain Bisection and Dissociative Identity Disorder

    Andrew Brook

  10. 9. Altogether Now—Not! Integration Theories of Consciousness and Pathologies of Disunity

    Robert Van Gulick

  11. 10. Consciousness despite Network Underconnectivity in Autism: Another Case of Consciousness without Prefrontal Activity?

    William Hirstein

  12. 11. A Schizophrenic Defense of a Vehicle Theory of Consciousness

    Gerard O’Brien and Jon Opie

  13. 12. Prediction Error Minimization, Mental and Developmental Disorder, and Statistical Theories of Consciousness

    Jakob Hohwy

  14. 13. Passivity Experience in Schizophrenia

    Philip Gerrans

  15. 14. From a Sensorimotor Account of Perception to an Interactive Approach to Psychopathology

    Erik Myin, J. Kevin O’Regan, and Inez Myin-Germeys

  16. Contributors
  17. Index