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The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Edited by Jennifer Radden

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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This book explores the inter-disciplinary field of the philosophy of psychiatry. The contributors define this exciting field and highlight the philosophical assumptions and issues that underlie psychiatric theory 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 of traditional 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 20th 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.

Keywords: psychiatric theory; psychiatric practice; mental disorder; rationality; personhood; autonomy; clinical practice; mental health policy

Book.  447 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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Introduction in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Cognition in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Affectivity in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Desire in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Character in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Action in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Self-ascription in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Memory in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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Body in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

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