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Uniting Two Perspectives on Mental Illness: Philosophy and Linguistics

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Uniting Two Perspectives on Mental Illness: Philosophy and Linguistics


  • University of Essex (map)

Mental illness has long been of interest to researchers in the humanities, including in philosophy, linguistics, sociology, history and politics. In a domain where psychologists and psychiatrists have focused on identifying interventions and developing explanatory models, scholars in the humanities have preferred to explore broad conceptual and cultural questions.

  • Where do notions like “mental health” and “mental illness” come from? What can we learn from their history?
  • How do specific diagnostic categories emerge?
  • How does psychiatric language shape the way we think about ourselves and each other?
  • How should we understand the relationship between mental illness and personal responsibility?
  • How does stigma about mental illness function?
  • How can we distinguish illness and disorder from other kinds of difference?
  • To what extent can psychiatry be considered a science?

Uniting Two Perspectives aims to demonstrate that a dialogue between philosophy and linguistics can help shed light on these important issues.

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