Naturalism, interpretation, and mental disorder

Paperback | September 27, 2015

bySomogy Varga

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The philosophy of psychiatry can be seen as a unique area of research because the nature of the subject matter leads to rather unique methodological challenges. This book is unique in focusing on challenges that concern processes of interpretation and understanding and in integrating ahermeneutical perspective to understanding mental illness. Within the book, the reader will how learn such an approach can reveal more about historical sources in psychiatry and the nature of the dialogue in the therapeutic encounter than some of the more traditional psychiatric methods currentlyused today. In addition, the book shows us how a hermeneutically informed approach can be valuable for understanding the concept of mental disorder itself, making it valuable for all those within the fields of psychiatry and philosophy of mind. Naturalism, interpretation, and mental disorder brings fresh thinking to the field of philosophy and psychiatry, and will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of mental health and philosophy of mind.

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The philosophy of psychiatry can be seen as a unique area of research because the nature of the subject matter leads to rather unique methodological challenges. This book is unique in focusing on challenges that concern processes of interpretation and understanding and in integrating ahermeneutical perspective to understanding mental i...

Somogy Varga earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. He has worked at the Institute of Social Research (Goethe University), the Institute of Cognitive Science at the (University of Osnabruck, Germany) and the Centre for Subjectivity Research (University of Copenhagen, Denmark). His research has ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.07 inPublished:September 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I1. Introduction: Hermeneutics, Naturalism and the Aims of This Book2. Philosophy of Psychiatry3. The Hermeneutics of Psychiatric Texts4. Cognitivism and the Hermeneutics of Therapeutic EncounterPart II5. Introduction to Part II: Two Types of Criticism6. Natural Kinds7. Natural Functions8. Having it Both Ways9. The Hermeneutics of Mental Disorder10. Conclusion