Philosophical Delusion and Its Therapy: Outline of a Philosophical Revolution

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Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy" provides new foundations and methods for the revolutionary project of philosophical therapy pioneered by Ludwig Wittgenstein. The book vindicates this currently much-discussed project by reconstructing the nature and genesis of important philosophical problems: With the help of concepts adapted from cognitive linguistics and cognitive psychology, the book analyses how philosophical reflection is shaped by pictures and metaphors we are not aware of employing and are prone to misapply. Through innovative case-studies on the genesis of classical problems about the mind and perception, and on thinkers including Locke, Berkeley and Ayer, the book follows up how such autonomous habits of thought systematically engender unsound intuitions and philosophical delusions, whose clash with reality, or among each other, gives rise to ill-motivated but maddening problems. With the help of concepts derived from current cognitive psychotherapies, the book re-examines models of therapeutic philosophy, due to Wittgenstein and J. L. Austin, and develops an approach that may let us overcome philosophical delusions and the problems they engender. With the help of concepts adapted from different branches of cognitive science, the book thus explains where and why therapy is called for in philosophy, and develops techniques to actually carry it out.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages318
ISBN (Print)9780415331791
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2011


  • Theraputic philosophy
  • ordinary language philosophy
  • metaphilosophy
  • intuition
  • metaphor
  • analogical reasoning
  • perception
  • secondary qualities
  • conceptions of mind
  • J.L. Austin
  • Wittgenstein

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