Philosophical Psychopathology


Philosophical Psychopathology is a benchmark volume for an emerging field where mental disorders serve as the springboard for philosophical insights. It brings together innovative, current research by Owen Flanagan, Robert Gordon, Robert Van Gulick, and others on mental disorders of consciousness, self-consciousness, emotions, personality, and action and belief as well as general methodological questions about the study of mental disorder. Topics include the problem of despair, multiple personality disorder, autism and the theory of the mind debate, and the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

An extensive introduction shows how to interpret philosophical psychopathology as an interdisciplinary field and locates the contributions in the book conceptually and in terms of the surrounding literature.

Psychopathology promises to clarify and illuminate a host of philosophical issues. The twelve chapters focus chiefly on issues in applied philosophy of mind (personal identity and self- consciousness, voluntary action and self-control, cognition and practical reasoning), in the science of mind (the medical model of mental disorders, philosophy of science and psychiatry, psychopathology and folk psychology), and in the ethical and experiential dimensions of psychopathology.

A Bradford Book

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. An Introduction to Philosophical Psychopathology: Its Nature, Scope, and Emergence

    George Graham and G. Lynn Stephens

  3. 2. Deficit Studies and the Function of Phenomenal Consciousness

    Robert Van Gulick

  4. 3. Emotional Disorder and Attention

    Kent Bach

  5. 4. The Problem of Despair

    Richard Garrett

  6. 5. Mind and Mine

    George Graham and G. Lynn Stephens

  7. 6. Going to Pieces

    John Heil

  8. 7. Multiple Identity, Character Transformation, and Self-Reclamation

    Owen Flanagan

  9. 8. Autism and the "Theory of Mind" Debate

    Robert M. Gordon and John A. Barker

  10. 9. Alcohol Addiction and Responsibility Attributions

    Ferdinand Schoeman

  11. 10. Value, Illness, and Failure of Action: Framework for a Philosophical Psychopathology of Delusions

    K. W. M. Fulford

  12. 11. Problems with the DSM Approach to Classifying Psychopathology

    Jeffrey Poland, Barbara Von Eckardt and Will Spaulding

  13. 12. The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy: Epistemological Issues

    Edward Erwin

  14. 13. The Placebo Concept in Medicine and Psychiatry

    Adolf Grünbaum

  15. Contributors
  16. Index