PHILOSOPHY OF PSYCHIATRY
This course examines conceptual, methodological, and some historical issues in psychiatry. General analyses of psychiatric disorders and classifications, and their reliability and validity, will lead to a consideration of the DSM and ICD. The function of etiological, reductive, and mechanical dimensions (including genetic and neuroimaging research) will be discussed. Historical topics include the contrast between and transition from psychoanalytical, narrative approaches to the rise of bio-chemical psychiatry. Extended consideration of schizophrenia and depressive disorder will be course themes. The seminar closes with a discussion of legal and ethical issues in psychiatry.