Recent Publications

Recent Publications



  • download (2)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.



  •  9780199590681_140Self 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.
  • 9780199663880_140The 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.
  • 51X2AwGBKSL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)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.
  • 9780199348190Melancholic 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.


  • 9780198722373Vagueness in PsychiatryGeert 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
  • downloadPhilosophy 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.


  • Imagination and Social Perspectives: Approaches from Phenomenology and Psychopathology (Routledge Research in Phenomenology)Michela Summa (Editor), Thomas Fuchs (Editor) and Luca Vanzago (Editor). Our experience of other individuals as minded beings goes hand in hand with the awareness that they have a unique epistemic and emotional perspective on the experienced objects and situations. The same object can be seen from many different points of view, an event can awaken different emotional reactions in different individuals, and our position-takings can in part be mediated by our belonging to some social or cultural groups. All these phenomena can be described by referring to the metaphor of perspective. Assuming that there are different, and irreducible, perspectives we can take on the experienced world, and on others as experiencing the same world, the phenomenon of mutual understanding can consistently be understood in terms of perspectival flexibility. This edited volume investigates the different processes in which perspectival flexibility occurs in social life and particularly focuses on the constitutive role of imagination in such processes. It includes original works in philosophy and psychopathology showing how perspectival flexibility and social cognition are grounded on the interplay of direct perception and imagination. Review here.

  • Introduction to the Philosophy of PsychiatryThe Nucleus of Teaching and Research in Philosophy (NEPFIL), in partnership with the UFPel Publishing House, has just published another volume of the Dissertatio Filosofia Series: “Introduction to the Philosophy of Psychiatry”, organized by Adrian Nicholas Spremberg and Luis Fernando Castro de Araújo . The collection brings together important texts that bring to the reader a sample of the intense debate about the Philosophy of Psychiatry, a topic still very incipient in Brazil.

  • The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of PsychiatryEditor(s): Serife Tekin, Robyn Bluhm. This book explores the central questions and themes lying at the heart of a vibrant area of philosophical inquiry. Aligning core issues in psychiatry with traditional philosophical areas, it presents a focused overview of the historical and contemporary problems dominating the philosophy of psychiatry.


  • Schizophrenia and common sense : explaining the relation between madness and social values. Editors: Hipólito, Inês ,Gonçalves, Jorge, Pereira, João. This book explores the relationship between schizophrenia and common sense. It approaches this theme from a multidisciplinary perspective. Coverage features contributions from phenomenology, cognitive neuroscience, philosophy of mind, psychology, and social cognition. The contributors address the following questions: How relevant is the loss of common sense in schizophrenia? How can the study of schizophrenia contribute to the study of common sense? How to understand and explain this loss of common sense? They also consider: What is the relationship of practical reasoning and logical formal reasoning with schizophrenia? What is the relationship between the person with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and social values? Chapters examine such issues as rationality, emotions, self, and delusion. In addition, one looks at brain structure and neurotransmission. Others explore phenomenological and Wittgensteinian theories.
  • Delusions and Beliefs: A Philosophical Inquiry. Kengo Miyazono. What sort of mental state is a delusion? What causes delusions? Why are delusions pathological? This book examines these questions, which are normally considered separately, in a much-needed exploration of an important and fascinating topic, Kengo Miyazono assesses the philosophical, psychological and psychiatric literature on delusions to argue that delusions are malfunctioning beliefs. Delusions belong to the same category as beliefs but – unlike healthy irrational beliefs – fail to play the function of beliefs.
  • The Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Disease: Philosophical and Scientific Developments. Grant Gillet and Derek Bolton. This open access book is a systematic update of the philosophical and scientific foundations of the biopsychosocial model of health, disease and healthcare. First proposed by George Engel 40 years ago, the Biopsychosocial Model is much cited in healthcare settings worldwide, but has been increasingly criticised for being vague, lacking in content, and in need of reworking in the light of recent developments. The book confronts the rapid changes to psychological science, neuroscience, healthcare, and philosophy that have occurred since the model was first proposed and addresses key issues such as the model’s scientific basis, clinical utility, and philosophical coherence.