Essential Philosophy of Psychiatry by Tim ThorntonEssential Philosophy of Psychiatry by Tim Thornton

Essential Philosophy of Psychiatry

byTim Thornton

Paperback | November 15, 2007

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In recent years there has been a major move within psychiatry to foster a deeper understanding of the conceptual underpinnings of mental health. This new approach has drawn in equal measure on both the humanities and medicine. Essential Philosophy if Psychiatry is both an introduction to, anda summary of a rapidly growing field. It is the first concise introduction to what is a contested field, written by one of the people driving it forward. Because recent philosophy of psychiatry has drawn from moral philosophy, the philosophy of mind and language, and the philosophy of science, it is difficult to get a clear overview of the field. This book does just that. It is divided into three parts: Values, Meanings and Facts. In addition, thereis a short chapter of conclusions, a glossary of philosophical terms and a guide to further reading. For anyone looking for an accessible, undaunting introduction to this field, this is the essential text.
Tim Thornton completed his PhD on Wittgenstein and judgement in the History and Philosophy of Science Department of the University of Cambridge before becoming Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He is now Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health in the newly established Institute for Philoso...
Title:Essential Philosophy of PsychiatryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019922871X

ISBN - 13:9780199228713


Table of Contents

Part I - Values1. Anti-psychiatry, values and the philosophy of psychiatry1.1. The debate between 'values in' and values out' accounts of mental illness1.2. Putting the debate into context1.3. A biological teleological model of mental illness1.4. Mild cognitive impairment: a case study in philosophy of psychiatry2. Values, psychiatric ethics and clinical judgement2.1. A toolkit for ethical reasoning in medicine and psychiatry?2.2. Judgement and the broader framework of Values Based Practice2.3. The role of judgement in the Four Principles approach to medical ethicsPart II - Meanings3. Understanding psychopathology3.1. Jaasperes on the role of understanding in psychiatry3.2. The attempt to understand psychopathology in recent philosophy of psychiatry4. Theorising about meaning for mental health care4.1. Cognitivism, the mind and inner states4.2. The discursive turn, social constructionism and dementia4.3. A Wittgensteinian account of meaningPart III - Facts5. The validity of psychiatric classification5.1. Facts, values and psychiatric validity5.2. Two complications for psychiatric classification5.3. Lessons from the philosophy of science6. The relation of Evidence Based Medicine and tacit knowledge in clinical judgement6.1. The presence of Evidence Based Medicine in psychiatry6.2. Hume's challenge to induction6.3. Responses to Hume6.4. The role of individual judgement in induction