Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Psychiatry

Paperback | November 30, 2008

EditorJames Phillips

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Our lives are dominated by technology. We live with and through the achievements of technology. What is true of the rest of life is of course true of medicine. Many of us owe our existence and our continued vigour to some achievement of medical technology. And what is true in a major way ofgeneral medicine is to a significant degree true of psychiatry. Prozac has long since arrived, and in its wake an ever-growing armamentarium of new psychotropics; beyond that, neuroscience promises ever more technological advances for the field.However, the effect of technology on the field of psychiatry remains highly ambiguous. On the one hand there are the achievements, both in the science and practice of psychiatry; on the other hand technology's influence on the field threatens its identity as a humanistic practice. In this ambiguitypsychiatry is not unique - major thinkers have for a long time been highly ambivalent and concerned about the technological order that now defines modern society. For the future, the danger is that the psychiatrically real becomes that which can be seen, the symptom, and especially that which can bemeasured. Disorders and treatments might become reduced to what can be defined by diagnostic criteria and what can be mapped out on a scale. This book exams how technology has come to influence and drive psychiatry forward, and considers at just what cost these developments have been made. It includes a range of stimulating and thought-provoking chapters from a range of psychiatrists and philosophers.

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Our lives are dominated by technology. We live with and through the achievements of technology. What is true of the rest of life is of course true of medicine. Many of us owe our existence and our continued vigour to some achievement of medical technology. And what is true in a major way ofgeneral medicine is to a significant degree...

James Phillips is in the private practice of psychiatry, with a focus on medically oriented psychotherapy, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine. He is Secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, and is editor of the AAP...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:November 30, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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James Phillips: IntroductionPart 1 - Technical Reason in Psychiatry1. John Sadler: the instrument metaphor, hyponarrativity, and the generic physician2. Peter Zachar and Scott Bartlett: Technoloigcal rationality in psychiatry: immanent critique, critical theory, and a pragmatist alternative3. Louis C Charland: Technological reason and regulation of emotionPart 2 - Critical Approaches to TEchnology in Psychiatry4. Miguel Uribe: Technology, aesthetic explanation, and psychoanalysis5. Sue V Rosser: Focusing the lenses of feminist theories to reflect on technology and psychiatry6. Douglas Porter: The critical theory of psychopharmacology: the work of David Healy and beyond7. Donald Mender: Towards a post-technological information theoryPart 3 - Technology and Psychiatric Disorders8. Douglas W Heinrichs: Technology and mental disorders: a clinical probe into the differential impact on individuals9. Mark D Rego: Frontal fatigue: how technology may contribute to mental illness10. Philip Sinaikin: Bored to tears? Depression and Heideggr's concepts of profound boredom: a postpsychiatry contributionPart 4 - Technological Instruments11. Abraham Rudnick: Psychiatric rehabilitation and the notion of technology in psychiatry12. Stuart Kaplan: Drugs, not hugs: antidepressant medication trials and suicidality in children - a case history in the philosophy of science as an argument for the neeed for improved technology in psychiatry13. Karen Iseminger and Dale Theobald: Philosophical considerations of an internet-enabled telephone and computer psychiatric symptom monitoring system: maintaining thebalance between subjectivity and objectivity in research14. Robert Kruger: The assessment of emotional awareness: can technology make a contribution?Part 5 - Ethical Issues in Technology and Psychiatry15. Jennifer Radden: Thinking about the repair manual: technique and technology in psychiatry16. Michael A Cerullo: Beyond repugnance: human enhancement and the President's Council on Bioethics17. Mark P Jenkins: The reflectively anxious and depressed; psychotropics and lives worth living