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Fall 2018-2019
* CGS 316 / PHI 348 (EC)   No Audit

Philosophy and Psychopathology

Hanna Pickard

This course explores the nature of mental disorder and its meaning for sufferers and society. The first part of the course introduces students to rival accounts of the distinction between pathological and normal functioning, focusing on depression and delusions. The second part turns to anorexia, addiction, and the personality disorders, to consider the impact of mental disorder on individuals and its relevance to personal relationships, clinical treatment, law and society. The course draws on multiple sources, including philosophy, cognitive science, clinical practice, medical ethics, case studies and personal narratives.

Sample reading list:
Nomy Arpaly, How it is not "Just Like Diabetes": Mental Disorders
Christopher Boorse, On the Distinction between Disease and Illness
Ryan McKay and Dan Dennett, The evolution of misbelief
Jillian Craigie, Competence, Practical Rationality and What a Patient Values
Richard Holton and Kent Berridge, Compulsion and Choice in Addiction
Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield, The Loss of Sadness: How Psychiatry Transformed Normal

Reading/Writing assignments:
Assessment will consist in: attendance and participation; 5 short summary papers (approx. 300 words each); 1 take-home exam; 1 mid-term paper; 1 final paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Other Exam - 30%
Papers - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students are required to have taken at least one previous course in either philosophy or psychology..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22301 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   Lewis Library   122   Enrolled:23 Limit:25 Closed