1st Edition

Philosophy and Psychiatry Problems, Intersections and New Perspectives

Edited By Daniel Moseley, Gary Gala Copyright 2016

    This groundbreaking volume of original essays presents fresh avenues of inquiry at the intersection of philosophy and psychiatry. Contributors draw from a variety of fields, including evolutionary psychiatry, phenomenology, biopsychosocial models, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, neuroethics, behavioral economics, and virtue theory. Philosophy and Psychiatry’s unique structure consists of two parts: in the first, philosophers write five lead essays with replies from psychiatrists. In the second part, this arrangement is reversed. The result is an interdisciplinary exchange that allows for direct discourse, and a volume at the forefront of defining an emerging discipline. Philosophy and Psychiatry will be of interest to professionals in philosophy and psychiatry, as well as mental health researchers and clinicians.

    Preface. Introduction: Beyond the Philosophy of Psychiatry - Daniel Moseley and Gary Gala. Part 1: Psychiatric Diagnosis and Agency. Can What’s in Your Head be All in Your Head? Possibilities and Problems of Psychological Symptom Amplification - Nicholas Kontos. Commentary on Kontos: The Hiddenness of Psychological Symptom Amplification - Justin Garson. How are Mental Disorders Different? - Marc Lange Commentary on Lange: How are Mental Incapacities Different? - Abraham Nussbaum. The Political Science of Psychiatric Diagnosis: A Moral Defense of the DSM - Warren Kinghorn. Commentary on Kinghorn: Evaluating Traditions in Psychiatry - Christian Perring. Free Will, Moral Responsibility and Mental Illness - Benjamin Kozuch and Michael McKenna. Commentary on Kozuch and McKena: Mental Illness, Moral Responsibility and Expression of the Self - Chandra Sripada. Part 2: Ethical Dimensions of Psychiatric Treatment. Coercion in Psychiatric Treatment and Its Justifications - George Szmukler. Commentary on Szmukler: Mental Illness, Dangerousness and Involuntary Civil Commitment - Ken Levy and Alex Cohen. Scrupulous Treatment - Jesse S. Summers and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Commentary on Summers and Sinnott-Armstrong: Scrupulosity and the Shady Morality of Psychiatry - Hanna Pickard. The Place of Ability to Value in the Evaluation of Decision-Making Capacity - Scott Kim. Commentary on Kim: Decision-Making Capacity and Value - Jennifer Hawkins. Fragments of the Self: Dissociation, Agency, and Integration - Franklin Worrell and Alison Denham. Commentary on Worrell and Denham: The Fragmented Sense of Self is an Epiphenomenon in Dissociative Disorders: Deactivation of Dissociative Processes in the Relationship with Self and Other - Richard Chefetz. Part 3: Philosophy Out of Psychiatry. Reproductive Steroids and Depression: The Brain in Context - David Rubinow. Commentary on Hardcastle: Seeing the Forest: The Social Determinants of Mental Health - Valerie Hardcastle. Blade Runner: Voight-Kampffed - C.D.C Reeve. Commentary on Reeve: Becoming Human, Ready or Not - Mardy Ireland.


    Daniel Moseley co-founded and coordinates the UNC-CH Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry Research Group. He is a philosopher who is currently a postdoctoral fellow in a joint Duke University and UNC-CH program in mental health research.

    Gary Gala co-founded and coordinates the UNC-CH Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry Research Group. He is Associate Chair for Education and Training in Psychiatry. He is also a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy at UNC-CH.

    "This is a really excellent collection of diverse-in-topical new papers at the philosophy/psychiatry interface. The literal cross-talk between philosophers and mental health professionals within the book is an especially welcome and helpful feature."

    George Graham, Georgia State University, USA

    "An original philosophical contribution to the study of mental disorder, focusing on its science, care, and policy. Philosophy and Psychiatry salvages what truly matters in effectively engaging with and addressing the complexity of mental disorders by unlocking the disciplinary gates, and pushing both philosophers and psychiatrists out of their comfort zone. The result is an impeccable illustration of why philosophy without psychiatry is incomplete, and psychiatry without philosophy is imperceptive."

    Şerife Tekin, Daemen College, USA

    "Philosophy of psychiatry books are aplenty these days. What makes this book important is simply the conjunction ‘and’. It is a volume on philosophy and psychiatry, methodically designed to provide a dialogue between specialists in both areas. This will prove valuable to students and practitioners alike."

    Dominic Sisti, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    "The consistently clear and engaging contributions are made all the better by inclusion of a mix of senior and younger up-and-coming scholars and by well-crafted critical commentaries accompanying each paper. This volume amply demonstrates the vitality of philosophy of psychiatry today; there is no better place to get a taste of the provocative thinking that is justifiably drawing so much attention to this socially relevant field."

    Jerome C. Wakefield, New York University, USA

    "This collection of essays would make a valuable contribution to courses in philosophy of mind and psychiatry. The writing across all the contributions is generally clear and accessible to the non-specialist. These cross-disciplinary conversations will undoubtedly contribute positively to improved research, care, service and also help to guard against the dangers of 'real mischief'."

    Anya Daly, University of Melbourne

    "On balance, this is an excellent collection, one that can serve as a model for constructive dialogue between those charged with the imperative to act in clinical time and those whose job it is to reflect in philosophical time."

    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews