A very solid piece on the interdisciplinary nature of Jaspers’ psychopathology as well as the connection of his first great work on the embodied mind to his later existential and historical works. As the managing editor of the Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity (2nd Ed., forthcoming 2016), I often have had opportunity over the last year to remark to colleagues on how there should be more done with Jaspers vis. multidisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity, and transdisciplinarity. I am happy to see that Prof. Dr. Line Joranger gives us an excellent piece to get such a discussion fully underway.
Karl Jaspers’ medical and philosophical approach to mental illness, as outlined in his seminal 1913 book General Psychopathology (Allgemeine Psychopathologie), shows that as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, he had developed an interdisciplinary approach to mental illness that went beyond the biological and psychological. This paper highlights Jaspers’ early interdisciplinary and dual psychopathology, which consists of a phenomenological approach to the human mind and a neurological and behavioristic approach to the human body. It shows how Jaspers’ interdisciplinary and dual psychopathology unites contemporary medical, psychological, socio-cultural-historical, existential, and phenomenological ideas and how General Psychopathology is thematically connected to his later, more philosophical and historical works.