What The Philosopher Immanuel Kant Can Tell Us About Psychiatric Disorders

Georg Northoff


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The early philosopher Immanuel Kant suggested that the mind’s intrinsic features are intimately linked to the extrinsic stimuli from the environment it processes. Currently, the field faces an analogous problem with regard to the brain. Kant’s ideas may provide insight into what the brain’s intrinsic features must be like in order to be linked to its neural processing of the extrinsic stimuli. Most importantly, he may prove helpful in better understanding what the various resting state abnormalities as observed in psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia and depression imply for the often rather bizarre subjective experiences and thus consciousness in those patients…

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