The Condition of Madness provides a comprehensive philosophical explanation of the conceptual assumptions in psychiatry. Brian Grant begins this work with a historical overview of psychiatry and a discussion of the prevalent views in the contemporary discipline. He then critically examines DSM-IV and argues that the taxonomical categories presently used in psychiatry are almost entirely arbitrary. The book draws on the philosophy of mind and provides discussions of the mind, the self, the will, and madness. It concludes with recommendations on how to view psychiatry and explores what the future holds for the discipline.
Brian Grant is Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Calgary.
chapter 1 The Pioneer-From Freud to Pharmacology and California chapter 2 The Cynics chapter 3 The Believers chapter 4 The Anatomy of a Concept chapter 5 Abnormality and Scepticism chapter 6 the Mind in Philosophy chapter 7 The Kinds of Madness-and Some New Perspectives chapter 8 The Self-and Related Topics chapter 9 The Will-and Free Will chapter 10 Some Further Problems chapter 11 The Place of Madness-and Some Definitions and Conclusions