The Philosophy of Psychiatry: A Companion

Paperback | March 1, 2007

EditorJennifer Radden

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This is a comprehensive resource of original essays by leading thinkers exploring the newly emerging inter-disciplinary field of the philosophy of psychiatry. The contributors aim to define this exciting field and to highlight the philosophical assumptions and issues that underlie psychiatrictheory and practice, the category of mental disorder, and rationales for its social, clinical and legal treatment. As a branch of medicine and a healing practice, psychiatry relies on presuppositions that are deeply and unavoidably philosophical. Conceptions of rationality, personhood and autonomy frame our understanding and treatment of mental disorder. Philosophical questions of evidence, reality, truth,science, and values give meaning to each of the social institutions and practices concerned with mental health care. The psyche, the mind and its relation to the body, subjectivity and consciousness, personal identity and character, thought, will, memory, and emotions are equally the stuff oftraditional philosophical inquiry and of the psychiatric enterprise. A new research field--the philosophy of psychiatry--began to form during the last two decades of the twentieth century. Prompted by a growing recognition that philosophical ideas underlie many aspects of clinical practice,psychiatric theorizing and research, mental health policy, and the economics and politics of mental health care, academic philosophers, practitioners, and philosophically trained psychiatrists have begun a series of vital, cross-disciplinary exchanges. This volume provides a sampling of the research yield of those exchanges. Leading thinkers in this area, including clinicians, philosophers, psychologists, and interdisciplinary teams, provide original discussions that are not only expository and critical, but also a reflection of their authors'distinctive and often powerful and imaginative viewpoints and theories. All the discussions break new theoretical ground. As befits such an interdisciplinary effort, they are methodologically eclectic, and varied and divergent in their assumptions and conclusions; together, they comprise asignificant new exploration, definition, and mapping of the philosophical aspects of psychiatric theory and practice.

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This is a comprehensive resource of original essays by leading thinkers exploring the newly emerging inter-disciplinary field of the philosophy of psychiatry. The contributors aim to define this exciting field and to highlight the philosophical assumptions and issues that underlie psychiatrictheory and practice, the category of mental ...

Jennifer Radden received her doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University and is Professor and Chair in the Philosophy Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her published research is on moral and conceptual issues arising out of the theory and practice of psychiatry.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.89 × 9.8 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I - Psychopathology and Normalcy1. Grant Gillett: Cognition: Brain Pain: Psychotic Cognition, Hallucination and Delusions2. Jennifer Hansen: Affectivity: Depression and Mania3. Alan Soble: Desire: Paraphilias and Distress in DSM-IV4. Louis Charland: Character: Moral Treatment and the Personality Disorders5. Al Mele: Action: Volitional Disorder and Addiction6. George Graham: Self-ascription: Though Insertion7. Stephen Braude: Memory: The Nature and Significance of Dissociation8. Shaun Gallagher and Mette Vaever: Body: Disorders of Embodiment9. Jennifer Radden: Identity: Personal Identity, Character Identity and Mental Disorder10. Christian Perring: Development: Disorders of Childhood and YouthPart 2 - Epistemology of Practice11. Sadler: Diagnosis / Anti-Diagnosis12. James Phillips: Understanding / Explanation13. Tim Thornton: Reductionism / Anti-Reductionism14. Bill Fulford: Facts / Values: Ten Principles of Values-based MedicinePart 3 - Norms, Values and Ethics15. Nancy Potter: Gender16. Marilyn Nissim-Sabat: Race and Culture17. Charles Culver and Bernard Gert: Competence18. Daniel Robinson: Dangerousness and "the General Duty to All the World"19. Ruth Chadwick and Gordon Aindow: Treatment and Research Ethics20. Simon Wilson and Gwen Adshead: Criminal Responsibility21. Margaret Battin and Brooke Hopkins: ReligionPart 4 - Theoretical Models22. Dominic Murphy: Darwinian: Darwinian Models of Psychotherapy23. Bettina Bergo: Psychoanalytic: Freud's Debt to Philosophy and his Copernican Revolution24. Michael Schwartz and Osborne Wiggins: Phenomenological: Hermeneutics, Understanding and Interpretation in Psychiatry25. Andrew Garner and Valerie Hardcastle: Neurobiological26. Edward Erwin: Cognitive-Behavioral: Cognitive-behavior Therapy27. Jennifer Church: Social ConstructionistPart 5 - Circumscribing Mental Disorder28. Rom Harre: Benchmarks for Psychiatric Concepts29. Bernard Gert and Charles Culver: Defining Mental Disorder30. Carl Elliot: Mental Health and Its LimitsAbout the AuthorsIndex

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