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Hidden philosophy and theology in Morel's theory of degeneration and nosology

Hidden philosophy and theology in Morel's theory of degeneration and nosology Although philosophy and theology on the one hand and psychiatry on the otherhave become separate disciplines, they continue to function as 'paralleldiscourses'. This is apparent in the work of Morel, whose theory ofdegeneration was based on a belief in creation and the existence of a morallaw. He was influenced by Buffon's naturalism, whose tenets were opposed toDarwin's recently published theory of evolution. Morel's nosological concept ofpathology grew from his beliefs about the relation between the body and thesoul, and the role of free will and passion. He borrowed from Gall's account ofphrenology to refute accusations of materialism and determinism, but he alsodrew on the doctrines of Thomism to explain the relation between the body andthe soul. He was acquainted with the work of Buchez and Morin, whosewritings were an early and almost unknown source of Thomistic revival in themid-nineteenth century. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Psychiatry SAGE

Hidden philosophy and theology in Morel's theory of degeneration and nosology

History of Psychiatry , Volume 2 (8): 9 – Oct 1, 1991

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Abstract

Although philosophy and theology on the one hand and psychiatry on the otherhave become separate disciplines, they continue to function as 'paralleldiscourses'. This is apparent in the work of Morel, whose theory ofdegeneration was based on a belief in creation and the existence of a morallaw. He was influenced by Buffon's naturalism, whose tenets were opposed toDarwin's recently published theory of evolution. Morel's nosological concept ofpathology grew from his beliefs about the relation between the body and thesoul, and the role of free will and passion. He borrowed from Gall's account ofphrenology to refute accusations of materialism and determinism, but he alsodrew on the doctrines of Thomism to explain the relation between the body andthe soul. He was acquainted with the work of Buchez and Morin, whosewritings were an early and almost unknown source of Thomistic revival in themid-nineteenth century.

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History of PsychiatrySAGE

Published: Oct 1, 1991

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