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Testimony of Experience free pdf Today, there are few places left for people to escape our modern plight- the cognitive and neuroscientific imperialistic discourse of mental distress. Testimony of Experience is an attempt to transcend this oppressive discourse. It does so by presenting over 40-years-worth of the experiences of ex-residents of Philadelphia Association (PA) communities. These were set up by R.D. Laing and others in the 1960s as a response to reductive medical and scientific theories of mental suffering. The tyranny of scientific certainty and striving for 'knowing' so prevalent within our state-sanctioned 'mental health' institutions deprives us of other ways of accommodating our curtailed subjectivities, of what it is to suffer, to live, to be human. This book re-examines an ancient dictum which is dying out today - the Docta Ignorantia - the doctrine of wise unknowing. Through a philosophically informed critique of positivistic research methodology and an analysis and deconstruction of interviews with ex-residents of the PA communities, this book asks the question that must be uttered to regain our subjectivity- is there room for wise unknowing in mental suffering in a world of certainty?

About Bruce Scott

Bruce Scott, PhD, completed his existential and phenomenological informed training in psychoanalysis with the Philadelphia Association in London, an organisation founded by R.D. Laing and others in 1965. He is also an experimental psychologist and has conducted research into the cognitive model of depression and the cognitive effects of SSRI antidepressants. He is a member and on the board of governors of the College of Psychoanalysis-UK, and a member of the Philadelphia Association. He currently lives in the Scottish Borders with his wife and son. He works in private practice in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh and continues to work as an independent writer and researcher.

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Author : Bruce Scott
Publisher : PCCS Books
Data Published : 02 April 2014
ISBN : 1906254648
EAN : 9781906254643
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 258 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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