The Mind and its Discontents: An Essay in Discursive Psychiatry

Hardcover | April 1, 1999

byGrant Gillett

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Grant Gillett argues that to understand mental illness fully requires more than a study of biological models of mental processes and pathologies. As intensely social animals, he argues, we need to look for the causes of human mental disorders in our interactions with others; in socialrule-following and its role in the organization of mental content; in the power relations embedded within social structures and cultural norms; in the way that our mental life is inscribed by a cumulative life of encounters with others. Gillett uses material arising in the study of philosophy ofmind, epistemology, post-modern continental philosophy, and philosophy of language to try to elucidate the nature of psychiatric phenomena involving disorders of thought, perception, emotion, moral sense, and action. Within this framework, a series of chapters analyse important psychiatric disorderssuch as depression, attention deficiency, autism, schizophrenia, and anorexia. Along the way, Gillett explores the nature of memory and identity; of hysteria and what constitutes rational behaviour; and of what causes us to label someone a psychopath or deviant. This fascinating book will providereaders with important insights into the causes and nature of psychosis. In addition, Gillett's arguments have considerable implications for the way in which we understand and treat people suffering from psychiatric disorders. The Mind and its Discontents will be read by researchers andpostgraduate students in a range of academic areas, including psychiatry, bioethics, philosophy of mind, social theory, and clinical psychology. It will also be of considerable interest to practising psychiatrists.

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Grant Gillett argues that to understand mental illness fully requires more than a study of biological models of mental processes and pathologies. As intensely social animals, he argues, we need to look for the causes of human mental disorders in our interactions with others; in socialrule-following and its role in the organization of ...

Professor Grant Gillett is Professor of Biomedical Ethics at the University of Otago School of Medicine. grant.gillett@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Mind, brain, and psychiatry2. Psychiatric categorization3. The treatment of aliens4. The depths of self: Consciousness and the unconscious5. Thought in disarray6. The black dog and the fire7. Fidgets8. I and the other robots9. Moral insanity10. `Call me Legion, for we are many'11. I eat therefore I am not12. The meaning of hysteria13. The psychopathologies of each are the psychopathologies of all14. Concluding autobiographical postscriptBibliographyIndex