The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness

The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness

by George Graham
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415774721

ISBN-13: 9780415774727

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415774727
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/26/2010
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

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

Bibliography 267

Index 283

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