Darwinian Models of Psychopathology

Edited by Jennifer Radden

in The Philosophy of Psychiatry

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195149531
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870943 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

 Darwinian Models of Psychopathology

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Mental disorders are likely not all explained the same way from an evolutionary perspective. The agreement over evolutionary psychiatry and its significance is limited to an acceptance of the basic model wherein at least some mental disorders are understood as failures of domain-specific modules to perform their evolutionary function. This chapter shows that different and incompatible theories can be sorted into two strategies: one that seeks to identify a once adaptive trait that is no longer adaptive; the other arguing that mental disorders are inevitable by-products of normally adaptive traits.

Keywords: evolutionary psychiatry; evolution; natural selection; mental disorders; adaptive trait

Chapter.  4380 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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