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An Attempt to Address Mental Illnesses With Respect to the Teaching of Essence

Author(s): Katerina Georgieva
Subject(s): Comparative Studies of Religion, Philosophy of Middle Ages, Contemporary Philosophy, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
Published by: Издателство »Изток-Запад«
Keywords: Jean-Claude Larchet; Aristotle; Photius; essence; mental diseases.

Summary/Abstract: The mental illnesses, their development and their consequences have been a subject of keen interest from ancient times until this day. This text provides us the opportunity to take a look at this matter through the perspective of the concept of essence through explication of some views on it. We would elaborate several of the beginning with the teaching of the Church Fathers and ending with the modern psychoanalytic view on illnesses of the soul and their relationship to the essence concept. The work examines four main views on the essence and on the problem how and to what extent the essence itself could be affected by mental illness. Of particular importance to the study is Aristotle's concept „mερική ουσία“, as well as the criticism on that view provided by Photios I of Constantinople.Taking into considerations the views of both Aristotle and Photios the paper examines the construction and the deconstruction of the subject through the link between the mental illness and the essence.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 63-70
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian