Open Seminar 31 Oct - 4 Nov 2011
Philosophy of Mind & Mental Health
Venue: Auditorium Building, Weskoppies Hospital, Ketjen Road, Pretoria-West
Time: Monday to Friday from 14:00 till 17:00
Monday 31 October
Mind-body problem in mental health
Neuropsychiatric correlations with mental content: what do they mean? Functionalism: are mental states merely functions of the brain? Dualism, monism and pluralism in their varieties – how are psychiatry, neurology and psychology related?
Tuesday 1 November
Reductionist approaches to mental content & mental health
Mind-brain distinctions in somatoform disorders and psychiatric diagnostic classifications. Intentionality (aboutness) and cognitivism. Mental content: naturalized accounts, descriptive causal accounts, teleological causal accounts.
Wednesday 2 November
Non-reductionist approaches to mental content & mental health
Identity theories of mind and brain. Anomalous monism and supervenience. Wittgenstein, Kripke, McDowell & Davidson on mental content. Discursive psychology & Alzheimer’s disease. Intentional stance. The relation between language, mind and world.
Thursday 3 November
Agency & the knowledge of other minds
Neuropsychiatry and free will. Can reasons be causes? Event & agent causation in irrationality and avolition / akrasia. Beliefs about and 3rd person access to someone else’s mind - implications for expert testimony in courts of law. Autism and theories of theory-of-mind, simulation & inter-subjectivity. Rationality and direct access to mental states.
Friday 4 November
Personal identity & the ‘self’
What is the self? Where is the self? : Philosophical and empirical issues in delusions of thought insertion, hallucinations, and in dissociative experiences including “multiple personality disorder”. Personal identity in gender identity disorder & Alzheimer’s disease.
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