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The Measure of Madness: Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Delusional Thought

Philip Gerrans


This book offers a novel explanation of delusion. Over the last two decades, philosophers and cognitive scientists have investigated explanations of delusion that interweave philosophical questions about the nature of belief and rationality with findings from cognitive science and neurobiology. The book argues that once we fully describe the computational and neural mechanisms that produce delusion and the way in which conscious experience and thought depend on them, the concept of delusional belief retains only a heuristic role in the explanation of delusion. The book proposes that delusions ... More

Keywords: delusion, belief, rationality, default mode network, supervision, cognitive science, nondelusional mind, irrational beliefs, dreams, imaginative states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027557
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027557.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Gerrans, author
University of Adelaide