Philosophy and Psychiaty
the concept of mental disorder
By its very nature, psychiatry - the medical specialism devoted to mental healthcare - raises as many conceptual as empirical
questions. The philosophy of psychiatry is a rapidly emerging field which draws broadly on philosophical traditions -
centrally analytic philosophy and phenomenology - to address a range of questions as broad as the demands made on psychiatry to address
problems of human suffering, distress and disorder. It is also an area where philosophical methods, accounts and theories can be
applied to and thus tested against psychiatric and psychopathological phenomena. But at its heart lies the question of whether,
since psychiatry sees itself as part of medicine, the medical conceptualisation of illness and disease can be articulated in such a
way that it properly applies to the distinct 'problems of living' that psychiatry addresses in response to the crisis of legitimacy often raised.
This summer school will address a number of key questions which impact on mental health care.
Topics will include:
the role of values in psychiatry
the roles of explanation and understanding, including idiographic and narrative understanding in psychiatry
culture bound syndromes
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