The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illnessby George Graham
Pub. Date: 02/26/2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Mental disorder raises profound questions about the nature of the mind. The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness is the first book to systematically examine and explain, from a philosophical standpoint, what mental disorder is: its reality, causes, consequences, and more. It is also an outstanding introduction to… See more details below
Mental disorder raises profound questions about the nature of the mind. The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness is the first book to systematically examine and explain, from a philosophical standpoint, what mental disorder is: its reality, causes, consequences, and more. It is also an outstanding introduction to philosophy of mind from the perspective of mental disorder.
Each chapter explores a central question or problem about mental disorder, including:
What is mental disorder and can it be distinguished from neurological disorder?
What roles should reference to psychological, cultural, and social factors play in the medical/scientific understanding of mental disorder?
What makes mental disorders undesirable? Are they diseases?
Mental disorder and the mind-body problem.
Is mental disorder a breakdown of rationality? What is a rational mind?
Addiction, responsibility and compulsion.
Ethical dilemmas posed by mental disorder, including questions of dignity and self-respect.
Each topic is clearly explained and placed in both a clinical and philosophical context. Mental disorders discussed include clinical depression, dissociative identity disorder, anxiety, religious delusions, and paranoia. Several non-mental neurological disorders that possess psychological symptoms are also examined, including Alzheimer's disease, Down's syndrome, and Tourette's syndrome. Additional features, such as chapter summaries and annotated further reading, provide helpful tools for those coming to the subject for the first time.
Throughout, George Graham draws expertly on issues that cut across philosophy, science, and psychiatry. As such, The Disordered Mind is a superb introduction to the philosophy of mental disorder for students of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and related mental health professions.
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Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
Stability and instability 1
One brief history 4
What is this book about? 7
Topics and themes 11
Chapter summary and suggested readings 16
2 Conceiving mental disorder 19
Mental disorder has consequences 19
What should a theory of mental disorder do? 20
The mind of mental disorder 29
Exemplars of mental disorder 36
Roles of the mental in mental disorder 40
Chapter summary and suggested readings 43
3 The disorder of mental disorder 45
What makes mental disorder undesirable? 45
Morally therapeutic interlude and lure of the disease model 48
Are mental disorders diseases? 53
A problematic disorder and the place of DSM 63
Chapter summary and suggested readings 69
4 On being skeptical about mental disorder 71
Mental disorder and the mind/body problem 72
Mental disorder and respect for persons 89
Chapter summary and suggested readings 97
5 Seeking norms for mental disorder 99
Despair, depression and disorder 99
Anxiety and DSM 102
Cultural conventionalism 108
Mind maladapted 113
Rationality and Internationality 117
Logic of its own 127
A brief on incapacities and disabilities 131
Chapter summary and suggested readings 134
6 An original position 137
Social order, mental order and veils of ignorance 139
The importance of conscious experience 142
Basic psychological capacities 145
A concept of mental disorder 156
Chapter summary and suggested readings 156
7 Addiction and responsibility for self 159
Impulse, inhibition and responsibility for self 162
Compulsion and addiction 166
Animal models 172
Neural models 174
One way in which the brain may gum up the works 179
Chapter summary and suggested readings 184
8 Reality lost and found 187
Symptom and schizophrenia 187
Grand delusions 193
Delusion and self-comprehension 203
Realism among the ruins? 211
Paranoia, benevolence and imagination 214
Chapter summary and suggested readings 222
9 Minding the missing me 225
Me, myself and my selves 225
'I am dead' but don't mean it 239
Self-serving in a supermarket 244
Chapter summary and suggested readings 253
Epilogue: the final affliction - Copenhagen interpretation 255
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