A Critique of Psychopathology is an attempt to draw together the various levels of analysis of psychopathology – descriptive, diagnostic, psychological, neuropsychological, and philosophical – and to give an up-to-date perspective on the subject within each of these levels. The book is pervaded, however, with a sense that only a philosophical ‘take’ on psychopathology can do justice to the subject.
John Cutting is a consultant psychiatrist with a long interest in the nature of schizophrenia and depression. He was a consultant at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals in London, and is still an honorary senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry.
He has written books on the psychology, neuropsychology and philosophy of psychiatry – The Psychology of Schizophrenia (1985), The Right Hemisphere and Psychiatric Disorders (1990), The Principles of Psychopathology (1997), Psychopathology and Modern Philosophy (1999), The Living, the Dead and the Never-alive (2002), as well as translating the work of one of the foremost phenomenological philosophers, Max Scheler, The Constitution of the Human Being (2008).