1st Edition

Reasoning in Psychopathology Rationality and Irrationality in Mental Disorders

Edited By Valentina Cardella, Amelia Gangemi Copyright 2025
    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    216 Pages
    by Routledge

    Reasoning in Psychopathology adopts a pragmatic conception of reasoning, demonstrating how people with mental disorders develop characteristic strategies of reasoning depending on the particular disorder they have and the emotions they experience.

    The book argues that these strategies are perfectly rational, as the individuals are using reasoning as a tool at the service of their goals. Through the analysis of the typical reasoning styles of very different psychopathologies, from anxiety disorders to obsessive-compulsive disorder, from schizophrenia to depression and paranoia, the book argues that mental disorders can affect common sense, or social cognition, while rationality is usually preserved. Supported by recent research, the authors claim that people with mental disorders follow the same rules as healthy people, and that in some cases, when the specific topic of their disorder is at stake, they can be even more logical than healthy people.

    It is a must-read for all researchers and students of rationality from cognitive psychology, psychiatry, and philosophy backgrounds.

    1. Rationality in Mental Disorders  2. Goals, Emotions and Reasoning  3. Anxiety Disorders  4. Obsessive-compulsive Disorder  5. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder  6. Depressive Disorder  7. Schizophrenia  8. Delusional Disorder  9. What Does it Mean to be Rational?


    Valentina Cardella is Professor of Psychopathology of Language and Philosophy of Mind at Messina University, Italy. She is author and co-editor of several books, including Language and Schizophrenia (2017), and Psychopathology and Philosophy of Mind (2021).

    Amelia Gangemi is Professor of Cognitive Psychology and General Psychology at Messina University, Italy. She’s the author of several papers and books on cognitive processes in obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. Together with Valentina Cardella, she edited the book Psychopathology and Philosophy of Mind (2021).