The Mind and Its Discontents
An Essay in Discursive Psychiatry
By (author) Grant R. Gillett
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Mind and Its Discontents by Grant R. Gillett
Book DescriptionGrant Gillett argues that to understand mental illness fully requires more than a study of biological models of mental processes and pathologies. As intensely social animals, he argues, we need to look for the causes of human mental disorders in our interactions with others; in social rule-following and its role in the organization of mental content; in the power relations embedded within social structures and cultural norms; in the way that our mental life is inscribed by a cumulative life of encounters with others. Gillett uses material arising in the study of philosophy of mind, epistemology, post-modern continental philosophy, and philosophy of language to try to elucidate the nature of psychiatric phenomena involving disorders of thought, perception, emotion, moral sense, and action. Within this framework, a series of chapters analyse important psychiatric disorders such as depression, attention deficiency, autism, schizophrenia, and anorexia. Along the way, Gillett explores the nature of memory and identity; of hysteria and what constitutes rational behaviour; and of what causes us to label someone a psychopath or deviant. This fascinating book will provide readers with important insights into the causes and nature of psychosis. In addition, Gillett's arguments have considerable implications for the way in which we understand and treat people suffering from psychiatric disorders. The Mind and its Discontents will be read by researchers and postgraduate students in a range of academic areas, including psychiatry, bioethics, philosophy of mind, social theory, and clinical psychology. It will also be of considerable interest to practising psychiatrists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198523130
(247mm x 175mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jun-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Grant R. Gillett
Mind and Its Discontents, Paperback (April 2009)
The first edition of The Mind and its Discontents was a powerful analysis of how, as a society, we view mental illness, looking beyond just biological models of mental pathologies. In the ten years since, there has been growing interest in the philosophy of psychiatry, and a new edition of this text is more timely and important than ever.
Medical Ethics, Paperback (June 2005)
This book is a practical introduction to the ethical questions doctors and other health professionals can be expected to encounter in their practice.
Discursive Mind, Paperback (March 1994)
This lucidly argued volume covers the key philosophical revolutions that are shaping contemporary psychology. Harr[ac]e and Gillett herald a new paradigm in psychology, dissolving the Cartesian distinction between mind and body in favour of the discursive turn in psychological theory.
Medicine and Moral Reasoning, Paperback (March 1994)» View all books by Grant R. Gillett
A collection examining the theoretical basis of medical ethics and the nature of moral thinking.
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