- Depression, Emotion and the Self: Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, by Matthew Ratcliffe and Achim Stephan. This book addresses the question of what it is like to be depressed.
Alien Landscapes?: Interpreting Disordered Minds, by Jonathan Glover. This book blends philosophy, science, literature, and art and is both a sustained defence of humanistic psychological interpretation and a compelling example of the rich and generous approach to mental life for which it argues.
Respect, Plurality, and Prejudice: A Psychoanalytical and Philosophical Enquiry into the Dynamics of Social Exclusion and Discrimination, Lene Auestad.This book helps us understand the current resurgence of social prejudice against ethnic minority groups, the logics of scapegoating and the resulting violence. Synopsis here.
- Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame, Dan Zahavi. Can you be a self on your own or only together with others? Is selfhood a built-in feature of experience or rather socially constructed? How do we at all come to understand others? Does empathy amount to and allow for a distinct experiential acquaintance with others, and if so, what does that tell us about the nature of selfhood and social cognition? Does a strong emphasis on the first-personal character of consciousness prohibit a satisfactory account of intersubjectivity or is the former rather a necessary requirement for the latter? Engaging with debates and findings in classical phenomenology, in philosophy of mind and in various empirical disciplines, Dan Zahavi’s new book Self and Other offers answers to these questions.
- The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics, John Z. Sandler, Werdie (C W) Van Staden, K W M (Bill) Fulford. The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics is the most comprehensive treatment of the ethical practice of psychiatry in history. The volume is organized into ten sections which survey the scope of the text: (1) Introduction, (2) People Come First, (3) Specific Populations, (4) Philosophy and Psychiatric Ethics, (5) Religious Contexts of Psychiatric Ethics, (6) Social Contexts of Psychiatric Ethics, (7) Ethics in Psychiatric Citizenship and the Law, (8) Ethics of Psychiatric Research, (9) Ethics and Values in Psychiatric Assessment and Diagnosis, (10) Ethics and Values in Psychiatric Treatment.
- Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathology and Theories of Consciousness, Rocco J Gennaro. In Disturbed Consciousness, philosophers and other scholars examine various psychopathologies in light of specific philosophical theories of consciousness. The contributing authors — some of them discussing or defending their own theoretical work — consider not only how a theory of consciousness can account for a specific psychopathological condition but also how the characteristics of a psychopathology might challenge such a theory. Review here.
Melancholic Habits: Burton’s Anatomy & the Mind Sciences, Jennifer Radden. Takes a serious look at Robert Burton’s long-neglected classic The Anatomy of Melancholy. Argues that the Anatomy can be selectively read and interpreted to reveal a model of mind close to today’s cognitivist ones. Shows Burton to use a causal analysis that places his account of melancholy with very recent models of depression construed as networks.
- Vagueness in Psychiatry, Geert Keil, Lara Keuck, and Rico Hauswald. Represents the first systematic effort to draw various lines of inquiry together, including the debates about the principles of psychiatric classification, categorical versus dimensional approaches, prodromal phases and sub-threshold disorders, and the problem of over-diagnosis in psychiatry, and relates these debates to philosophical research on vagueness and demarcation problems, helping readers to navigate through the various debates surrounding the problem of blurred boundaries in the classification and diagnosis of mental illness
- Philosophy and Psychiatry: Problems, Intersections, and New Perspectives. Daniel D Moseley and Gary Gala. This volume of original essays presents fresh avenues of inquiry at the intersection of philosophy and psychiatry. Contributors draw from a variety of fields, including evolutionary psychiatry, phenomenology, biopsychosocial models, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, neuroethics, behavioral economics, and virtue theory. Philosophy and Psychiatry’s unique structure consists of two parts: in the first, philosophers write five lead essays with replies from psychiatrists. In the second part, this arrangement is reversed. The result is an interdisciplinary exchange that allows for direct discourse, and a volume at the forefront of defining an emerging discipline. Philosophy and Psychiatry will be of interest to professionals in philosophy and psychiatry, as well as mental health researchers and clinicians. Review here.