Open Seminar 1 - 5 August 2011
Philosophy of Science & Mental Health
Venue: Auditorium Building, Weskoppies Hospital, Ketjen Road, Pretoria-West
Time: Monday to Friday from 14:00 till 17:00
Monday 1 August
Scientific Status of Psychiatry & Psychology
What is science? Traditional views of science in psychiatry & psychology. Current scientific status of psychiatry and defending its place in medicine. Lessons from the case of psychoanalysis considered as a science, a failed science, folk psychology, or a hermeneutic reconstruction.
Tuesday 2 August
Observations and Theories in Investigating Psychopathology
Theory-dependence of everyday observations in physics and psychopathology. Logical-empiricism and observations of symptoms, signs, and causes in mental health. Arguments against the separation of observations and theory.
Wednesday 3 August
Evidence Based Medicine & the Problem of Induction
Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) in the wake of Hume’s problem of induction. Responses from epistemology and sociology on induction. Theory testing and progress of knowledge. Falsification and null hypotheses. Paradigm shifts, context and content dependencies. Top-down influence of theory on evidence and bottom up dependence of theory on evidence in EBM.
Thursday 4 August
Causes, Explanations & Reasons for Mental Disorder
Causal & deductive-nomological accounts of explanation. Tacit knowledge and clinical skills in making a diagnosis. Kinds and complexities of causation. Natural laws, accidents, probability, and the space of reasons. Natural and human sciences in mental health.
Friday 5 August
Scientific Validity of Diagnostic Classifications
Dealing with complexities of causes and descriptions in psychiatric classifications. The initial resolve of Hemple-Lewis to develop an “atheoretical” classification and current aspirations. “The cause of schizophrenia is not known” – neither allowed! Scientific realism in psychiatric classification and physics. Natural and other kinds. The place of values in classification.
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