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"George Graham is contemporary philosophy’s most gifted and humane writer. The
Disordered Mind is a wise, deep, and thorough inquiry into the nature of the
human mind and the various ‘creaks, cracks, and crevices’ into which it is
prone sometimes to wander."
Owen Flanagan, Duke University, USA
"The book is a success, it is consistently insightful and humane, and conveys
a clear understanding not only of relevant philosophical topics, but also of a
much more difficult issue, the relevance of those topics to understanding
Philip Gerrans, University of Adelaide, Australia
" The Disordered Mind is a must read for anyone who is a psychiatrist,
psychologist, philosopher, neurologist, or mental health worker. Indeed, it is
a must read for any thoughtful person who simply desires to understand more
deeply and more realistically the workings of their own mind as well as the
workings of the human mind in general."
Richard Garrett, Bentley University, USA
Mental disorder raises profound questions about the nature of the mind. The
Disordered Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Mental Illness is
the first book to systematically examine and explain, from a philosophical
standpoint, what mental disorder is: its reality, causes, consequences, and
more. It is also an outstanding introduction to philosophy of mind from the
perspective of mental disorder.
Each chapter explores a central question or problem about mental disorder,
What is mental disorder and can it be distinguished from neurological
What roles should reference to psychological, cultural, and social factors
play in the medical/scientific understanding of mental disorder?
What makes mental disorders undesirable? Are they diseases?
Mental disorder and the mind–body problem
Is mental disorder a breakdown of rationality? What is a rational mind?
Addiction, responsibility and compulsion
Ethical dilemmas posed by mental disorder, including questions of dignity and
Each topic is clearly explained and placed in both a clinical and
philosophical context. Mental disorders discussed include clinical depression,
dissociative identity disorder, anxiety, religious delusions, and paranoia.
Several non-mental neurological disorders that possess psychological symptoms
are also examined, including Alzheimer’s disease, Down’s syndrome, and
Tourette’s syndrome. Additional features, such as chapter summaries and
annotated further reading, provide helpful tools for those coming to the
subject for the first time.
Throughout, George Graham draws expertly on issues that cut across philosophy,
science, and psychiatry. As such, The Disordered Mind is a superb introduction
to the philosophy of mental disorder for students of philosophy, psychology,
psychiatry, and related mental health professions.