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DOI 10.12887/28-2015-2-110-08



Bartłomiej DOBROCZYŃSKI, Mira MARCINÓW – Where “the dark angel of madness has no means of entry.” An Essay on the Origin of the Idea of Culpable Insanity, as seen in the Context of 19th Century Poetry and Prose


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Since ancient times, the concept of culpable insanity has persisted in culture, based on the belief that the mentally ill are responsible for the onset of their illness. Among the factors that decisively influenced this idea were: ontological dualism, the main disputes in the 19th century psychiatry (e.g. the Somatiker versus Psychiker debate), the so-called moral treatment which appeared with the advent of romantic medicine, as well as some characteristics of the development of Western societies, discussed by Michel Foucault and René Girard. Simultaneously a few crucial events that took place in the development of science in the 19th and 20th centuries significantly contributed to the slow disappearance of the idea of the culpability of mental illness. These included: the theory of evolution, the growing popularity of monism and naturalism, the discovery of the unconscious and the emergence of psychoanalysis, as well as getting a better understanding of the role of environmental and emotional factors in the development of the human mind.

Keywords: history of ideas, psychopathology, culpable insanity

Contact: Bartłomiej Dobroczyński, Zakład Psychologii Ogólnej, Instytut Psychologii, Wydział Filozoficzny, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Cracow, Poland
Mira Marcinów, Instytut Psychologii, Wydział Filozoficzny, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, ul. Ingardena 6, 30-060 Cracow, Poland

E-mail: (Bartłomiej Dobroczyński) barteq@apple.phils.uj.edu.pl
(Mira Marcinów) miramarc@interia.pl

http://www.psychologia.uj.edu.pl/index.php/site/pracownik/bartlomiej_dobroczynski
http://www.psychologia.uj.edu.pl/index.php/site/pracownik/mira_marcinow



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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887