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Case Studies in Philosophy and Mental Health

MODULE

Leader:
Bill Fulford

Assessment:
4,000 word essay

CATS:
20

Code:
MD961

 

This module aims to explore the philosophical-history and origins of ideas such as health-illness/psychosis-neurosis/causes-meanings/natural science-human science/fact-value.

The module consists of five distinct units:

  • Unit 1:
    • Neo-Kantian problematic
    • Jaspers and psychopathology
    • Causal explanation, meaningful understanding
    • Other connected dualisms: fact/value (description/evaluation), causes/reasons
    • Can we think of a psychopathology that was not determined by these categories?
    • Can we separate questions of mental health from questions of (legal) responsibility
  • Unit 2:
    • Alternative histories - What would happen if we started somewhere else, with someone else?
    • What would (e.g.) a Spinozistic psychopathology look like? What do we lose by abandoning the Kantian framework? What do we gain?
  • Unit 3: (Bill Fulford)
    • Case Studies – Identifying Psychosis
    • Delusion, Psychosis, Capacity Psychosis
  • Unit 4: Hacking
    • Case Studies – Mad travelers: reflections on the reality of transient mental illnesses
    • Historical reflections on ‘reality’
    • Questioning questions: is ‘is it real?’ a good question? And if not, why not?
    • Understanding the psychiatric-ecosystem: why do certain diagnoses flourish and die?
  • Unit 5:
    • Spiritual Experience and Psychopathology
    • Whose values? Which facts?
    • Tying it all together
    • Why can’t we stop asking is it real? Should we?
    • The relationship between theory and practice – how do we use case studies in philosophy?

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Next Course
  • Mon 24 Sep '18
    24/09 - 28/09: Essentials of Clinical Education ( Cohort A)
    24/09 - 26/09: Induction
    Tue 25 Sep '18
    25/09 - 26/09: Clinical Examination Skills (A)
    Wed 26 Sep '18
    Nurses Day
    Mon 01 Oct '18
    01/10 - 05/10: Understanding Research & Critical Appraisal in Health Care (A)

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