How Can the Uncontainable Be Contained? Paradoxes of Madness & Philosophy

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Wouter Kusters will explore ideas from his book "A Philosophy of Madness: The Experience of Psychotic Thinking. "

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In this webinar, Wouter Kusters will do all of the following:

• Tell something about himself and how he came to write this book

• Give an overview of its main arguments and perspectives

• Present three text fragments, pertaining to both philosophy and madness, that have the following themes: nothingness, infinity, and fragmentation

• Show a 13 minutes video, "Unravelling Reality," that lets these themes come to life in a modern, metropolitan setting (that is, Brussels in Belgium)

• Engage in dialogue and discussion with the audience

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About the presenter:

Wouter Kusters (1966) obtained a Ph.D. in linguistics and earned an MA on the philosophy of psychosis. In the Netherlands, he is known for his books on the experience of psychosis and its relation to philosophy. For his Pure Madness (2004), and A Philosophy of Madness (2014), he won the Dutch Socrates Award for the best philosophy book of the year in Dutch. The latter has recently been translated into English (2020, MIT Press). Wouter Kusters works as an independent writer, researcher and teacher in the Netherlands, see:

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A donation of $5-$40 is requested, though no one turned away for lack of funds. Please note that your donation goes for a good cause:  It goes to support the efforts of ISPS-US to bring more attention to psychological and social approaches to psychosis. 

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