Title: Maladapting Minds: Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Evolutionary Theory
Editors: Adriaens, Pieter
De Block, Andreas
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Series Title: International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry
Abstract: Ever since Darwin, psychiatrists have been tempted to put evolutionary theory to use in their efforts to understand and explain mental disorders. Varying in success, scope and scientific rigour, these attempts have often caught the attention of philosophers. There are many studies about how the philosophy of psychiatry has been informed by twentieth-century 'continental' philosophy (in focusing on topics such as embodiment, narrativity and gender) as well as 'analytic' philosophy (in focusing on more conceptual issues). Thus far, however, there are simply no studies about how philosophical issues in psychiatric theory and practice can be, and have been informed by evolutionary theory.

Maladapting Minds explores the relationship between evolutionary theory and philosophy of psychiatry. In particular, it discusses a number of reasons why philosophers of psychiatry should take an interest in evolutionary explanations of mental disorders, and, more generally, in evolutionary thinking. The many chapters deal with evolutionary accounts of various mental disorders, including phobias, fetishism, developmental disorders, depression, autism spectrum disorders, and schizophrenia.

Written by both world-class philosophers, psychologists and evolutionary psychiatrists, this volume illustrates that many debates in contemporary philosophy of psychiatry are profoundly influenced by evolutionary approaches to mental disorders. In doing so, it represents the very first attempts to critically explore the interface between evolutionary theory and philosophy of psychiatry. It is important reading for psychiatrists, philosophers of mind, and evolutionary pschologists.


*Explores the contributions that evolutionary theory have made to the field of psychiatry, resulting in a book that is unique in its approach and scope

*Examines a broad and fascinating range of topics, demonstrating how an evolutionary perspective can be valuable in furthering the field of psychiatry

*Contains chapters written by both proponents and critics of contemporary evolutionary psychiatry, helping the reader to form a balanced opinion on the topic

* Revives and discusses a number of neglected disciplines (e.g., ethology) and thinkers (e.g., Gregory Bateson) in the history of evolutionary theory, introducing the reader to debates they might not have come across before.
ISBN: 978-0-19-955866-7
VABB publication type: VABB-3
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IBe
Appears in Collections:Husserl-Archives: Centre for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy
Centre for Logic and Analytical Philosophy

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