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Mind, Brain and Mental Illness

  • Leslie Stevenson (a1)
Abstract

The distinction between mental illness and bodily illness would seem to presuppose some sort of distinction between mind and body. But dualist theories that the mind is a substance separable from the body, or that mental events could occur without any bodily events, raise ancient conceptual problems, which I do not propose to review here. What I want to do is to examine the psychiatric implications of materialist theories, which hold that the mind is the brain, or a function of the brain. If all character has a basis in chemistry, can we still attribute some mental distress to character and some to chemistry, as if the two categories were different?

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J. J. C. Smart , ‘Sensations and Brain-Processes’, Philosophical Review 68 (1959), 142.

Ruth Macklin , ‘Mental Health and Mental Illness: Some Problems of Definition and Concept Formation’, Philosophy of Science 39, No. 3 (1972), 346.

P. F. Strawson , Individuals (London: Methuen, 1959), Chapter 3, ‘Persons’.

Donald Davidson , ‘On Mental Events’, in Experience and Theory L. Foster and Swanson (eds.) (London: Duckworth, 1970)

‘Psychology as Philosophy’ in Philosophy of Psychology, S. C. Brown (ed.) (London: Macmillan, 1974).

T. Nagel , ‘Physicalism’, Philosophical Review 74 (1965)

C. Taylor , ‘Mind-body Identity, a Side Issue?’, Philosophical Review 76 (1967)

D. Davidson , ‘Causal Relations’, Journal of Philosophy 64 (1967), 691703

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Philosophy
  • ISSN: 0031-8191
  • EISSN: 1469-817X
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