Journal title STORIA IN LOMBARDIA
Author/s Luca Frigerio
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2020/2 Language Italian
Pages 26 P. 25-50 File size 159 KB
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Starting from the middle of the Nineteenth century in Italy a new kind of psychiatry developed, medical and scientific based, claiming the monopoly of the treatment of mental illness, with the aim of emancipating psychiatry from any theological e philosophical legacy. The Lombard psychiatrist Andrea Verga had a key role in this transition. The essay focuses on Verga’s lessons for the "Doctrine and Clinic of mental alienations" course, during the years 1884-86, in which he outlined his "Fisiological theory of the soul", asserting that «the soul is a function of the brain». Verga claimed that brain and other organs of the body are similar, with no qualitative difference between them: therefore, it was possible to study the soul as a pure and simple product of the operations of our body and, particularly, subject of scientific research, rid of any metaphysical and theological background. Furthermore, he claimed that it was unfounded the fear that this concept of the soul could weaken human morality and therefore damage society: human behavior, he argued, is largely independent of the immortality of the soul, the existence of God and the hypothesis that free will really exist.
Keywords: psychiatry, Nineteenth century, Andrea Verga, materialism, history of medicine, positivism.
Luca Frigerio, La "Teoria fisiologica dell’anima" di Andrea Verga in "STORIA IN LOMBARDIA" 2/2020, pp 25-50, DOI: 10.3280/SIL2020-002002