The Disordered Mind, Third Edition, is a wide-ranging introduction to the philosophy of mental disorder or illness. It examines and explains, from a philosophical standpoint, what mental disorder is: Its reality, causes, consequences, compassionate treatment, and more.
Revised and updated throughout, the third edition includes enhanced discussions of the distinction between mental health and illness, selfhood and delusions about the self, impairments of basic psychological capacities in mental disorder, and the distinct roles that mental causation and neural mechanisms play in mental illness.
The book is organized around four questions:
• What is a mental disorder or illness?
• What makes mental disorder something bad?
• What are various mental disorders and what do they tell us about the mind?
• What is mental health and how may it be restored?
Numerous disorders are discussed, including addiction, agoraphobia, delusion, depression, dissociative identity disorder, obsession-compulsion, schizophrenia, and religious scrupulosity, among others. Several neurological disorders are examined. Various problems associated with DSM-5 and with psychiatric diagnosis are explored. Including chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading, The Disordered Mind is an ideal text for courses in philosophy and should appeal to not just philosophers, but to readers in cognitive science, psychology, psychiatry, and related mental health professions.
Table of Contents
2. Conceiving mental disorder
3. The disorder of mental disorder
4. Skepticism about mental disorder
5. Seeking norms for mental disorder
6. Mental health and illness after an original position
7. Addiction and responsibility for self
8. Reality lost and found
9. Minding the missing me.
About the Author:
George Graham has served as philosophy professor at Alabama-Birmingham and Georgia State and as A.C. Reid Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University, USA. He is a past president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and coauthor of Hearing Voices and Other Matters of the Mind: What Mental Abnormalities Can Teach Us about Religions (2020).