Moody Minds Distempered Essays on Melancholy and Depression

Hardcover | January 3, 2009

byJennifer Radden

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In Moody Minds Distempered philosopher Jennifer Radden assembles several decades of her research on melancholy and depression. The chapters are ordered into three categories: those about intellectual and medical history of melancholy and depression; those that emphasize aspects of the moral,psychological and medical features of these concepts; and finally, those that explore the sad and apprehensive mood states long associated with melancholy and depressive subjectivity. A newly written introduction maps the conceptual landscape, and draws out the analytic and thematic interconnectionsbetween the chapters. Radden emphasizes and develops several new themes: the implications, theoretical phenomenological and moral, of recognizing melancholy and depressive states as mood states; questions of method, as they affect how we understand and characterize claims about melancholy and depression; and thepersistence and force of cultural tropes linking such states to brilliance, creativity, and sagacity. Insights from literature and the history of medicine, psychology, and psychiatry are woven together with those from the more recent disciplines of feminist theory and cultural studies. This isinterdisciplinary writing at its best-part analytic philosophy, and part history of ideas.

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In Moody Minds Distempered philosopher Jennifer Radden assembles several decades of her research on melancholy and depression. The chapters are ordered into three categories: those about intellectual and medical history of melancholy and depression; those that emphasize aspects of the moral,psychological and medical features of these c...

Jennifer Radden's research is focused on philosophical issues arising out of mental health concepts and policy, and psychiatric practice. She is past president of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and her published work includes The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva. She edited The Philos...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:January 3, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionSection 1: HISTORY: Intellectual and medical history of melancholy and depression1. Melancholia in the Writing of a Sixteenth Century Spanish Nun2. Melancholy, History of a Concept3. Melancholy and MelancholiaSection 2: CATEGORIES: Melancholy and Depression as Medical, Psychological, and Moral Concepts4. Is this Dame Melancholy? Equating Depression and Melancholia5. The Psychiatry of Cross Cultural Suffering6. Epidemic Depression and Burtonian Melancholy7. Emotional Pain and Psychiatry8. Lumps and Bumps: Kantian Faculty Psychology, Phrenology and Twentieth Century Psychiatric Classification9. Love and Loss in Freud's "Mourning and Melancholia": a RereadingSection 3: SUBJECTIVITY: Melancholy as Subjective, Sad and Apprehensive Moods10. My Symptoms, Myself: Reading Mental Illness Memoirs for Identity Assumptions11. Melancholy, Mood and Landscape12. Review of Against Depression by Peter Kramer