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The Disordered Mind

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1.1 Stability and Instability 1.2 One Brief History 1.3 What Is This Book About? 1.4 Summary 1.5 Suggested Readings Part 2: Conceiving Mental Disorder 2.1 Mental Disorder Has Consequences 2.2 What Should a Theory of Mental Disorder Do? 2.3 The Mind of Mental Disorder 2.4 Exemplars of Mental Disorder 2.5 Roles of the Mental in Mental Disorder 2.6 Summary 2.7 Suggested Readings Part 3: The Disorder of Mental Disorder 3.1 What Makes Mental Disorder Undesirable? 3.2 Morally Therapeutic Interlude and Lure of the Disease Model 3.3 Are Mental Disorders Diseases? 3.4 Mental Disorder, Brain Disorder, and DSM 3.5 Summary 3.6 Suggested Readings Part 4: Skepticism about Mental Disorder 4.1 Mental Disorder and the Mind-Body Problem 4.2 Pro-Dualism: The First Line of Defense 4.3 Metaphysical Ecumenism and Physicalism: The Second Line 4.4 Mental Disorder and Respect for Persons 4.5 Summary 4.6 Suggested Readings Part 5: Seeking Norms for Mental Disorder 5.1 Despair, Depression, and Disorder 5.2 Anxiety, DSM and Assessing Norms 5.3 Cultural Conventionalism 5.4 Mind Maladapted 5.5 Rationality and Intentionality 5.6 Logic of Its Own 5.7 Summary 5.8 Suggested Readings Part 6: An Original Position 6.1 Social Order, Mental Order and Veils of Ignorance 6.2 The Importance of Conscious Experience 6.3 Basic Psychological Capacities 6.4 A Concept of Mental Disorder 6.5 Coming to Grief over Psychopathy 6.6 Summary 6.7 Suggested Readings Part 7: Addiction and Responsibility for Self 7.1 Impulse, Inhibition and Responsibility for Self 7.2 Compulsion and Addiction 7.3 Animal Models 7.4 Neural Models 7.5 How Brain Mechanisms May Gum Up the Works 7.6 Summary 7.7 Suggested Readings Part 8: Reality Lost and Found 8.1 Symptom and Schizophrenia 8.2 Grand Delusions 8.3 Delusion and Self Comprehension 8.4 Realism among the Ruins 8.5 Paranoia, Benevolence, and Imagination 8.6 Summary 8.7 Suggested Readings Part 9: Minding the Missing Me 9.1 Me, Myself and My Selves 9.2 'I am Dead' but Do Not Mean It 9.3 Self Serving in a Supermarket 9.4 Concluding Thoughts 9.5 Summary 9.6 Suggested Readings. Index

About the Author

George Graham is Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Georgia State University, USA. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than a dozen books, including When Self-Consciousness Breaks (2000), Reconceiving Schizophrenia (2007) and the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (2013).


"This is a superb contribution to the philosophy of mind and mental illness. ... anyone working in philosophy, psychiatry, psychology, neurology, or any of the related mental health professions would find it a fascinating read." - Joseph Martos, The Heythrop Journal

Praise for the First Edition:

"...an admirably wide-ranging book that provides a rich and stimulating introduction to central topics in the philosophy of mind... The Disordered Mind should be essential reading both for those who are sympathetic and those who are antagonistic to the idea of a non-reductive notion of mental disorder. ... Not only is it a welcome addition to the rapidly increasing literature on the philosophy of psychiatry, but it also contributes to establishing its legitimacy as a sub-discipline of philosophy." - Somogy Varga, MIND "George Graham has a longstanding reputation as a distinguished philosopher of psychiatry, and The Disordered Mind shows why. Its scope is broad and its presentation is clear and precise. It is a very impressive statement of a widespread and important philosophical perspective on mental illness, which everyone studying the philosophy of psychiatry will want to read ... It is clear enough, and vividly enough written, to be assigned fruitfully to undergraduates, but it also makes enough contributions to the central debates in the field to be important for specialists." - Dominic Murphy and Gemma Smart, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "George Graham is contemporary philosophy's most gifted and humane writer. The Disordered Mind is a wise, deep, and thorough inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the various "creaks, cracks, and crevices" into which it is prone sometimes to wander... The Disordered Mind is a pedagogical, philosophical, and psychiatric tour de force." - 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 "What Professor Graham's book does in effect is to provide a systematic overview of all of the issues surrounding the concept and theory of mental illness and thereby the central notions embedded in our mental health practices. Moreover, he performs this task with the utmost insight, wealth of knowledge, careful and detailed argumentation, brilliance and clarity of articulation that is certain to make this book a classic that will open the door for a dynamic and fruitful exchange between the two great fields of mental health and the philosophy of mind. The Disordered Mind is 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

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