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An Analytic View of Delusion

By Paul Franceschi

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 analysed. This suggests finally a way susceptible of improving the efficiency of cognitive therapy for delusions

Topics: Applied Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Logic, Clinical Psychology
Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:3208

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