Maladapting Minds: Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Evolutionary Theory

Paperback | April 15, 2011

EditorAndreas De Block, Pieter R. Adriaens

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Ever since Darwin, psychiatrists have been tempted to put evolutionary theory to use in their efforts to understand and explain mental disorders. Varying in success, scope and scientific rigour, these attempts have often caught the attention of philosophers. There are many studies about howthe philosophy of psychiatry has been informed by twentieth-century 'continental' philosophy (in focusing on topics such as embodiment, narrativity and gender) as well as 'analytic' philosophy (in focusing on more conceptual issues). Thus far, however, there are simply no studies about howphilosophical issues in psychiatric theory and practice can be, and have been informed by evolutionary theory. Maladapting Minds explores the relationship between evolutionary theory and philosophy of psychiatry. In particular, it discusses a number of reasons why philosophers of psychiatry should take an interest in evolutionary explanations of mental disorders, and, more generally, in evolutionarythinking. The many chapters deal with evolutionary accounts of various mental disorders, including phobias, fetishism, developmental disorders, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and schizophrenia. Written by both world-class philosophers, psychologists and evolutionary psychiatrists, this volume illustrates that many debates in contemporary philosophy of psychiatry are profoundly influenced by evolutionary approaches to mental disorders. In doing so, it represents the very first attempts tocritically explore the interface between evolutionary theory and philosophy of psychiatry. It is important reading for psychiatrists, philosophers of mind, and evolutionary psychologists.

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Ever since Darwin, psychiatrists have been tempted to put evolutionary theory to use in their efforts to understand and explain mental disorders. Varying in success, scope and scientific rigour, these attempts have often caught the attention of philosophers. There are many studies about howthe philosophy of psychiatry has been informed...

Andreas De Block is assistant professor at the university of Leuven's Institute of Philosophy. He studied philosophy, psychology and sexology at the universities of Gent and Leuven, and was a VENI-fellow of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He is the author and editor of numerous books about philosophy, psychi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Geoffrey Miller: ForewordAndreas de Block and Pieter R Adriaens: Introduction1. Luc Faucher and Isabelle Blanchette: Fearing New Dangers: Phobias and the Cognitive Complexity of Human Emotions2. Hanna Aronsson: Sexual imprinting and fetishism: an evolutionary hypothesis3. Edouard Machery: Developmental Disorders and Cognitive Architecture4. Erwin Geerts and Martin Brune: On the role of ethology in clinical psychiatry: what do ontogenetic and causal factors tell us about ultimate explanations of depression?5. Jerome C. Wakefield: Darwin, Functional Explanation, and the Philosophy of Psychiatry6. Randolph M. Nesse and Eric D. Jackson: Evolutionary Foundations for Psychiatric Diagnosis: Making DSM-V Valid7. Daniel Nettle: Normality, disorder and evolved function: The case of depression8. Kelly Roe and Dominic Murphy: Is Mental Dysfunction a Problem of History or Mechanism?9. Farah Focquaert and Johan Braeckman: Mirroring the mind: on empathy and autism10. John Price: The role of mood change in defining relationships: A tribute to Gregory Bateson (1904-1980)11. Jonathan Burns: From 'evolved interpersonal relatedness' to 'costly social alienation': an evolutionary neurophilosophy of schizophrenia