"Logical Condensation": A Proposal to Handle Ambiguity in Contextural Analysis Using the Example of a Schizophrenic Patient in Forensic Psychiatry

Till Jansen, Martin Feißt, Werner Vogd

Abstract


Ambiguity and indexicality of utterances are key challenges in qualitative research. In this article we propose "logical condensation" as a novel approach to this challenge. Logical condensation reduces a text to its propositional structure. This technique is based upon ideas of WITTGENSTEIN (2003 [1922]) and aims at getting to the (onto-)logical core of a text. As each text always is ambiguous, this attempt will undoubtedly fail. Consequently, we can learn from the fractures within the logical structure of a text about the different layers of meaning involved. Therefore, logical condensation can be the key to a polycontextural understanding of texts and the basis for a thorough contextual analysis.  We demonstrate this using the example of a schizophrenic patient in forensic psychiatry.


Keywords


polycontexturality; forensic psychiatry; Gotthard Günther; Gregory Bateson; documentary method; systems theory; propositional structure; linguistic semantics; schizophrenia; contextural analysis



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-21.3.3504

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