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An Analytic View of Delusion

Franceschi, Paul (2002) An Analytic View of Delusion. [Preprint]

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Abstract

The present article proposes a logical account of delusions, which are regarded as conclusions resulting from fallacious arguments. This leads to distinguish between primary, secondary, ..., n-ary types of delusional arguments. Examples of delusional arguments leading to delusion of reference, delusion of influence, thought-broadcasting delusion and delusion of grandeur are described and then analyzed. This suggests finally a way susceptible of improving the efficiency of cognitive therapy for delusions.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:cognitive-behavioral, psychosis, delusions, argument, fallacy
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Logic
ID Code:2312
Deposited By:Franceschi, Paul
Deposited On:07 Jul 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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