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

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"George Graham is contemporary philosophy#xE2;#xAC;"s most gifted and humane writer. The Disordered Mindis a wise, deep, and thorough inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the various #xE2;#xAC;#xDC;creaks, cracks, and crevices#xE2;#xAC;" into which it is prone sometimes to wander." Owen Flanagan, Duke University, USA "The book is a success, it is consistently insightful and humane, and conveys a clear understanding not only of relevant philosophical topics, but also of a much more difficult issue, the relevance of those topics to understanding mental illness." Philip Gerrans, University of Adelaide, Australia "The Disordered Mindis a must read for anyone who is a psychiatrist, psychologist, philosopher, neurologist, or mental health worker. Indeed, it is a must read for any thoughtful person who simply desires to understand more deeply and more realistically the workings of their own mind as well as the workings of the human mind in general." Richard Garrett, Bentley University, USA #xE3;#xAC;#xAC; Mental disorder raises profound questions about the nature of the mind. The Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illnessis 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#xE2;#xAC;#x1C;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#xE2;#xAC;"s disease, Down#xE2;#xAC;"s syndrome, and Tourette#xE2;#xAC;"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 Mindis a superb introduction to the philosophy of mental disorder for students of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, and related mental health professions. George Grahamis Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Georgia State University, USA, and a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. He is co-author and co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry(2006). #xE3;#xAC;#xAC; PHILOSOPHY/PSYCHOLOGY

Author Biography

George Graham is Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Georgia State University, USA, and a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology. He is co-author and co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Stability and instabilityp. 1
One brief historyp. 4
What is this book about?p. 7
Topics and themesp. 11
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 16
Conceiving mental disorderp. 19
Mental disorder has consequencesp. 19
What should a theory of mental disorder do?p. 20
The mind of mental disorderp. 29
Exemplars of mental disorderp. 36
Roles of the mental in mental disorderp. 40
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 43
The disorder of mental disorderp. 45
What makes mental disorder undesirable?p. 45
Morally therapeutic interlude and lure of the disease modelp. 48
Are mental disorders diseases?p. 53
A problematic disorder and the place of DSMp. 63
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 69
On being skeptical about mental disorderp. 71
Mental disorder and the mind/body problemp. 72
Mental disorder and respect for personsp. 89
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 97
Seeking norms for mental disorderp. 99
Despair, depression and disorderp. 99
Anxiety and DSMp. 102
Cultural conventionalismp. 108
Mind maladaptedp. 113
Rationality and Internationalityp. 117
Logic of its ownp. 127
A brief on incapacities and disabilitiesp. 131
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 134
An original positionp. 137
Social order, mental order and veils of ignorancep. 139
The importance of conscious experiencep. 142
Basic psychological capacitiesp. 145
A concept of mental disorderp. 156
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 156
Addiction and responsibility for selfp. 159
Impulse, inhibition and responsibility for selfp. 162
Compulsion and addictionp. 166
Animal modelsp. 172
Neural modelsp. 174
One way in which the brain may gum up the worksp. 179
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 184
Reality lost and foundp. 187
Symptom and schizophreniap. 187
Grand delusionsp. 193
Delusion and self-comprehensionp. 203
Realism among the ruins?p. 211
Paranoia, benevolence and imaginationp. 214
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 222
Minding the missing mep. 225
Me, myself and my selvesp. 225
'I am dead' but don't mean itp. 239
Self-serving in a supermarketp. 244
Chapter summary and suggested readingsp. 253
Epilogue: the final affliction - Copenhagen interpretationp. 255
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 283
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