The intention of this book can be seen in the following journal entry written during the illness: Its what I have learned from my experience that motivates me to keep going. I know that someday, and even today in little ways, I can use what Ive been through to help people. Thats the greatest gift. I dont look at this disorder as something I have to bear. I look at it as something that can inspire me to live a better life.
Joshua Alexander is a Cornell graduate who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, and spent 10 years battling the illness, being hospitalized, and at one point living in a group home for the mentally ill. Eventually, with the help of a homeopathic doctor, he was able to heal from the illness for good, go back to work full time, get married and buy a home, and is now living a normal life.
This book provides a detailed and provocative introduction to this innovative field, focusing on the relationship between experimental philosophy and the aims and methods of more traditional analytic philosophy. Special attention is paid to carefully examining experimental philosophy's quite different philosophical programs, their individual strengths and weaknesses, and the different kinds of contributions that they can make to our philosophical understanding. Clear and accessible throughout, it situates experimental philosophy within both a contemporary and historical context, explains its aims and methods, examines and critically evaluates its most significant claims and arguments, and engages with its critics.