Antipsychiatry or Skeptical Philosophy?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 240–241. Reviews the book, R. D. Laing: The Philosophy and Politics of Psychotherapy by Andrew Collier (see record 1978-02300-000). This book attempts a multilevel analysis of the work of a highly controversial individual, and to a fairly substantial degree. The author's objectives are accomplished. Readers will find this a good introduction both to Laing's work and to the forces that have shaped his philosophy. The book presents many of Laing's conceptualizations and methodologies in a manner that Laing himself has been unable to convey with sufficient clarity to his readers. In this book, Collier approaches the underlying philosophy of Laing's work by a perceptive focus on Laing's writings in the light of the major theoretical traditions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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