Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry: Explanation, Phenomenology, and Nosology (Hardback)
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Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry: Explanation, Phenomenology, and Nosology (Hardback)

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Hardback 424 Pages / Published: 21/11/2008
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This multidisciplinary collection explores three key concepts underpinning psychiatry-explanation, phenomenology, and nosology-and their continuing relevance in an age of neuroimaging and genetic analysis.An introduction by Kenneth S. Kendler lays out the philosophical grounding of psychiatric practice. The first section addresses the concept of explanation, from the difficulties in describing complex behavior to the categorization of psychological and biological causality. In the second section, contributors discuss experience, including the complex and vexing issue of how self-agency and free will affect mental health. The third and final section examines the organizational difficulties in psychiatric nosology and the instability of the existing diagnostic system. Each chapter has both an introduction by the editors and a concluding comment by another of the book's contributors.Contributors: John Campbell, Ph.D.; Thomas Fuchs, M.D., Ph.D.; Shaun Gallagher, Ph.D.; Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.; Sandra D. Mitchell, Ph.D.; Dominic P. Murphy, Ph.D.; Josef Parnas, M.D., Dr.Med.Sci.; Louis A. Sass, Ph.D.; Kenneth F. Schaffner, M.D., Ph.D.; James F. Woodward, Ph.D.; Peter Zachar, Ph.D.

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 9780801889837
Number of pages: 424
Weight: 726 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a serious and important book... it is certainly one that researchers, scholars and anyone involved in trying to explain the nature of psychiatric disorders to a skeptical audience ought to read. * British Journal of Psychiatry *
This book asks the right questions, and sends us in the right direction. -- S. Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., M.A., M.P.H. * Metapsychology *
A good collection of papers... Will be of most interest to specialists in the area of philosophy of psychiatry (and to philosophers of mind and psychology) -- Rachel Cooper * Metapsychology *
Kendler and Parnas undertake this exploration in a readable, cogent manner in Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry... The authors go to great lengths to ensure that the book is accessible for those with a limited background in philosophy. -- Geoffrey Neimark, M.D. * American Journal of Psychiatry *

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